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With a 74-69 win at Berea College on Friday, the St. Catharine women now own a 10-8 record and a modest two-game winning streak – and head coach Lena Bramblett was not a bit happy about it.
“We practiced when we got back Friday night. That is how disappointed I was with our performance,” said Bramblett.
And, despite one in the W column, a look at the areas Bramblett highlighted on the stat sheet indicated the cause of her displeasure. Marked in yellow on the sheet were the 23 turnovers the Patriots committed and the 27 offensive rebounds they allowed the Mountaineers (8-8).
“There were points in the second half that I didn’t know we were winning,” added assistant coach Terreka Walker regarding the Patriots’ lackluster play.
The Patriots were not winning at halftime as they trailed 35-31. But with a 43-point second half St. Catharine took control and hung on for the five-point victory. And, despite the gaudy number of offensive boards grabbed by the Mountaineers, the Patriots still held a 62-56 rebounding advantage.
“We are just really lucky that they weren’t shooting the ball well,” said Bramblett. “It goes back to what I said all last semester; we have to be consistent in our effort every night out to win games. We weren’t in this game, but we got by with it.”
Even with the 27 offensive rebounds the Mountaineers had only 13 second-chance points as they shot 27 percent from the field (24-90) and only 20 percent (10-49) from three-point range.
The Patriots connected on 35 percent (27-78) from the field but were only 4-21 (19 percent) from behind the arc. Erin Rogers and Courtney Milam led four players in double figures with 18 points each. Danielle Brown added 15 and Iona Caulder pitched in 12. Brown and Milam each had 12 rebounds and Jennica Garrity corralled 11 caroms.
Bramblett wasn’t much happier about the other win last week, a 76-72 victory at Alice Lloyd on Wednesday in which her team trailed 32-29 at halftime. “We really didn’t play any better in the second half,” Bramblett stated. “We just got some defensive stops that led to some easy baskets.”
The 47-point second half was paced by Milam who scored 13 of her team-high 17 points after intermission. Taylor Oliver had a season-high 16 points while Brown and Caulder each had 11.
Now the Patriots will take their 10-8 slate into the very competitive Mid-South Conference for the remaining 12 games of the season. That conference schedule will begin Thursday at home when West Virginia Tech will visit for a women’s/men’s doubleheader. The women play at 6 p.m. followed by the men at 8 p.m.
“The conference should generate a lot of interest for the fans,” said Bramblett, “with games against Georgetown, Campbellsville and Lindsey Wilson later on. We will have to execute much better than we have been doing if we expect to win any games in the conference.”