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The St. Catharine College women’s basketball team has endured nearly every kind of illness, injury, bump and bruise that one can imagine during a season. From a financial standpoint, the team could have benefited by buying stock in companies that make crutches and knee braces. And, just when you think it couldn’t get worse, the mass of maladies even hit the head coach last week.
With a case of mono, Lena Bramblett was forced to stay home Thursday when her Patriots journeyed to Georgetown to take on the Tigers. The outcome, no doubt, didn’t aid Bramblett’s recovery as the Tigers prevailed 82-68. And, even though she did make it back for Saturday’s season finale against visiting Lindsey Wilson, the result may have caused the coach to wish she had stayed in bed as the Blue Raiders routed the patriots 80-53.
The two defeats put the Patriots at 2-12 in the conference (8-22 overall) which puts them as the seventh seed in this week’s Mid-South Conference Tournament to be played at the Frankfort Convention Center. St. Catharine will play at 2 p.m. Thursday against the second-seeded University of the Cumberlands. During the regular season Cumberlands beat the Patriots twice by scores of 72-42 and 87-44.
If the Patriots get by Cumberlands they will play in the semifinals Friday at 4 p.m. against the winner of the Georgetown/Pikeville game. The championship game is Saturday at 6 p.m.
Thursday at Georgetown the Patriots looked poised for an upset as they connected on seven 3-point attempts in the first half to take a 39-37 lead. But the long-range artillery failed them in the second half as they missed all eight attempts from behind the arc and absorbed an 82-68 loss.
Danielle Brown and Erin Rogers each had 21 points to lead St. Catharine. Sa’de Mullins had 11 points. The Patriots shot just 28 percent in the second half and ended the game 22-66 from the field.
Georgetown, a #3 seed in the upcoming tournament, will take an 18-11 overall record and a 9-5 conference mark into Thursday’s game.
Unfortunately Saturday’s game, at which seniors Erin Rogers and Iona Caulder were honored, saw the Patriots’ same problem with field goal shooting, especially in the first half.
The Patriots connected on just 19 percent (5-26) from the field and trailed 32-19 at intermission en route to an 80-53 setback to Lindsey Wilson (19-10, 8-6).
Mullins scored a career high for the Patriots with 22 points, 10 of them from the foul line, where she missed just one shot. Erin Rogers added 10 points and seven rebounds. Danielle Brown also grabbed seven boards as the Patriots outrebounded the much taller Cumberlands team 40-32.