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SCC women win thriller in opener

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By The Staff

Special to the Sun

The St. Catharine College women’s basketball opener against Berea on Saturday drew a good number of fans. And those fans will surely be back to see more this season after the game they were treated to in a 104-102 SCC win.

“Can you believe that?” was the phrase oft repeated by Patriots’ coach Lena Bramblett after her team rescued the win form the jaws of defeat in the closing minute. “That was unbelievable,” Bramblett added.

The win, for sure, was hard to believe considering the Patriots trailed the entire game and were still behind 100-98 with 33 seconds left in the game. But consecutive field goals by Erin Rogers gave St. Catharine a 102-100 lead and two free throws by Ashley Thompkins gave them a four point cushion with 12 seconds remaining. Berea scored an uncontested layup at the buzzer for the final margin.

Rogers led all scorers with 43 points on 16-32 from the field including 3-5 from three-point range. Iona Caulder added 16 points and 10 assists. Lauren Reed and Whitney Jordan had 14 and 12 points respectively.

Candy Walls had 29 points to pace the Mountaineers who led 51-36 at halftime and were ahead by 17 points, 91-74 with seven minutes to play.

The St. Catharine women will be back in action Saturday at Union University in Tennessee. Monday the Patriots will play an exhibition game against D-I Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tenn.