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As the St. Catharine College basketball program transitioned into the NAIA this season, head coach Lena Bramblett had some realistic goals for her women’s team. “We knew we would have our hands full with a tougher schedule and one of the best conferences (Mid-South) in the nation,” said Bramblett. “We want to have a winning season in our first year.”
The Patriots are right on that mark at 8-7 as they prepare to conclude the first half of the season with a game Thursday at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. But to stay above the .500 mark will be a tall order as Lee is ranked 10th nationally and is coming off a big victory last Saturday against #1 Union University.
“We knew our schedule would be tough, and it has been,” said Bramblett, whose team has already played four games against teams in the top 25, including a loss earlier this season at Union University.
Last week the Patriots were able to win two of three games. After dropping an 81-46 decision at Union College (#21 in D-II) they bounced back to win 74-60 at Asbury and finished the week at home Saturday with a 78-62 win against Brescia.
Undermanned were the Patriots last Wednesday when they traveled to Barbourville to play a Union team that they beat 88-79 in the second game of the season. “We had one player sick and it was our first game since two players decided to leave the team,” said Bramblett. “It was kind of a transition game for us.”
Erin Rogers, who is 18th in the nation in scoring at 19 points a game, was the only St. Catharine player in double figures as she had 11 points. Jennica Garrity had only four points but led all players with 14 rebounds in the 35-point loss.
In the 74-60 win at Asbury, Rogers led the way with 21 points but got a lot of help from Courtney Milam and Iona Caulder who scored 19 and 16 respectively. Caulder also chipped in eight assist and Milam had a team high eight rebounds.
In Saturday’s 78-62 win over visiting Brescia, Rogers scored 23 points and Milam added 21. Danielle Brown, a sophomore from LaRue County, also had a big game with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
“When we play together we are really better than I thought we would be at this point,” concluded Bramblett. “But we still have to be more consistent at that because when we don’t play as a team we are going to struggle, especially when we face these teams in the conference.”