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Saturday’s basketball game between the St. Catharine College Patriots and the visiting University of Rio Grande is not one that either coach will want to use as a textbook example of shooting proficiency. St. Catharine shot 26 percent from the field while Rio Grande found the mark just 30 percent of the time.
But in the end the Red Storm prevailed 56-51 after seeing an 18-point second half lead completely disappear. The win gave Rio Grande a 5-3 record while the Patriots evened their record at 6-6.
“Again we just didn’t show up in the first half,” said SCC coach Lena Bramblett, whose team trailed 33-20 at the break. “We keep digging ourselves too big of a hole in the first half.”
The 13-point halftime deficit grew to an 18-point hole five minutes into the second half. But the Patriots came all the way back to tie the game at 48-48 when Danielle Brown scored inside with just under five minutes to play. But St. Catharine could never gain the lead and the Red Storm sank some crucial free throws down the stretch to preserve the win.
St. Catharine’s cold shooting led them to a season-low 12 percent (2-16) from three-point range. They were accurate from the foul line where they made 15 of 18 attempts. Rio Grande was 5-20 from behind the arc and made 19 of 29 free throw attempts.
“We still need consistency – same word different day,” added Bramblett of her team’s performance. “We need to take better care of the ball because 22 turnovers like we had in this game is way too many.”
Brown led the Patriots with her first double-double of the season. The 5-11 sophomore from LaRue County had 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Jennica Garrity was the next leading scorer as the freshman from Shelby County had a season high eight points.
The Patriots play tonight at Union College and tomorrow at Asbury. Their final game of the first semester is at home Saturday when they host Brescia in a 6 p.m. tip-off.