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Just when Lena Bramblett didn’t think the injury bug could get worse for her St. Catharine College women’s team – it did last week. To shore up the depleted varsity roster, Bramblett brought guard Brittany Wieber up from the J.V. squad for Thursday’s game against visiting Georgetown. Then, in practice last weekend, Wieber suffers an ankle injury that could possibly end her season after just one game.
Playing short-handed, the Patriots fell 63-51 to the Tigers in the Mid-South Conference game. The loss left the Patriots with a 7-14 overall record and a 1-3 conference mark. The Tigers improved to 12-8 and 2-2.
“What are you going to do?” asked Bramblett. “Of course there is nothing funny about it, but you have to laugh or it will drive you crazy.”
With most of what was predicted to be the starting lineup at the season’s beginning now sidelined, the Patriots patched a lineup together that was able to stay with the Tigers through most of the first half. But a late Georgetown run gave them a 36-23 lead at the intermission and the Patriots didn’t make a serious challenge over the final 20 minutes.
“Even with all of these issues we could still be in the game if we hit our free throws,” added Bramblett, whose team was just 6-16 from the charity stripe.
Field goal shooting was also a problem for the Patriots, who connected on just 36 percent from the field which included 17 percent (3-17) from three-point range.
Brittany Darden led three Patriots in double figures with 16 points. Reena Haliburton had 14 points to go along with a team-high seven rebounds, and Erin Rogers added 12 points.
The women did not fare as well Monday as they fell 112-52 to the Tigers who are ranked 8th nationally in the NAIA. Campbellsville sprinted to a 30-16 lead and never looked back in the 60 point rout against the depleted SCC roster which sent only six players into the contest.
The victory puts Campbellsville at 20-1 for the season and 6-0 in conference play. Lena Bramblett’s women fell to 1-5 in the MSC and 7-15 overall.
Reena Haliburton had 16 points for the Patriots and Kyleigh Kreyenbuhl added 10. Erin Rogers, Sa’de Mullins and Lauren Bowling each had eight points for St. Catharine who shot just 29 percent for the game.
SCC returns to action Thursday with a conference road game at Lindsey Wilson. Saturday they visit University of the Cumberlands for another conference doubleheader.