SCC women finish first NAIA roundball season

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By The Staff

SCC Sports Information

The St. Catharine College women’s basketball team finished the season with two losses last week. The setbacks left Lena Bramblett’s team with a final slate of 12-18 overall and a Mid-South Conference mark of 2-10.

While not glowing numbers, the final records are not too bad for the Patriots, who moved up to the NAIA this season and also to membership in the Mid-South Conference, arguably the toughest NAIA league in the nation. St. Catharine finished in sixth place in the seven-team conference, ahead of West Virginia Tech, whom they beat twice.

Last week the Patriots began with a 90-76 loss at Georgetown on Thursday. They fell behind 41-30 at halftime and could never close the gap against the Tigers, who improved to 15-14 overall and 5-7 in conference play.

Courtney Milam had 21 points to lead three Patriots in double figures. Taylor Oliver had 15 points and Jana Hughes added 10. Milam had seven rebounds to lead the Patriots on the boards, but Georgetown dominated the glass with 40 rebounds to the Patriots’ 22.

Jayme Gilbert had 17 points for Georgetown and Katie Filiatreau, former Washington County star, had 16, including 11 of 12 from the foul line.

The Patriots’ season concluded at Lindsey Wilson on Saturday with an 80-58 loss. The Blue Raiders (23-7, 9-3) bolted to a 46-23 halftime lead as they shot 53 percent in the first 20 minutes. They cooled off considerably after intermission when they shot only 29 percent, but still maintained a comfortable lead.

Junior guard Erin Rogers led the Patriots with 25 points as she hit five of nine attempts from three-point range. Taylor Oliver collected 12 points. Danielle Brown had six rebounds to lead St. Catharine, but Lindsey Wilson outrebounded the visiting Patriots 47-34.

The Mid-South Conference Tournament, which St. Catharine will be eligible for next season, starts Friday at the Frankfort Civic Center with two first-round games. The semifinals are Saturday with the tournament championship slated for 1 p.m. Sunday.