Lena Bramblett’s St. Catharine College women’s basketball team notched statistics in three categories last week. The Patriots won one game, lost one game, and had one other game that didn’t count at all.
The trilogy started Tuesday when the Patriots topped Midway College 86-70 and continued Wednesday with a 66-52 setback at Indiana University-Southeast. Then on Saturday came an exhibition game at Murray State, where St. Catharine turned in a strong showing before falling 78-59.
The Patriots now stand at 2-2, which isn’t exactly where Bramblett hoped they would be at this point. “If we played IU-Southeast like we played at Murray we win that game easily,” said Bramblett whose team’s other loss came at Union (Tenn.), the nation’s top-rated team.
“I have never seen a game like that one (IU-Southeast) where every single player was off. Nobody could make a shot,” she said.
That was evidenced in the final stats that showed the Patriots shooting 29 percent overall (19-65) and 13 percent (2-15) from three-point range. Courtney Milam had 10 points, but was the only Patriot in double figures.
IU-Southeast (1-3) didn’t exactly sizzle the nets as the Grenadiers shot 36 percent overall and 23 percent from behind the arc.
That woeful shooting came a night after the Patriots won their second game of the season with the 86-70 victory over visiting Midway. The Patriots led 43-27 at halftime, but had to withstand a run by Midway (1-2) that cut the lead to six points midway through the final period.
The Patriots placed four players in double figures as they shot 47 percent from the field including 44 percent (8-18) from three-point range. Danielle Brown had 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Keller Menke and Machera Calhoun each had 14 points, and Milam had 13.
Against the D-I Murray State Racers, the Patriots got off to a fast start and led by six points (16-10) nine minutes into the game. But the Racers, playing their season opener, regrouped to grab a 37-29 halftime lead. They built the advantage to as many as 22 points in the second half before settling for the 78-59 victory.
Calhoun was the only Patriot in double figures with 11 points. Brown and Carol Ruiz-Lopez each had nine points. Bramblett was encouraged by the board work of the Patriots who matched the taller Racers’ 46 rebounds.
St. Catharine will be on the road for the next two games following last night’s home contest against Berea. Friday the Patriots are at Walsh University (Canton, Ohio) and Monday they play at Asbury.