If one scoured the statistics for the St. Catharine women in their game at No. 22 Bethel University (Tenn.) Tuesday it would look like a certain victory for the home team. But, again, Lena Bramblett’s team found a way to win, as they posted a 73-68 win over the Wildcats.
“We have executed well at the end of each game and that has been big,” said Bramblett, whose team improved to 3-0 with the win. “We hit free throws late and took care of the ball. It was a heck of a win for us.”
As with their earlier win against Asbury, the Patriots had to rally late to pull this one out. They trailed by 11 points with nine minutes to play and were still down four points with two minutes to go.
But free throws down the stretch and a key run-out that resulted in a Machera Calhoun layup sealed the deal for the SCC women.
Reilly Poirier, averaging 24 points and eight rebounds through the first three games, led the Patriots with 27 points. She shared team-rebounding honors with point guard Heather Sandlin, as both had seven boards. Sandlin also contributed 16 points, including 2-6 from three-point range. Stacie Shrout added two treys, in four attempts, as the Patriots were just 5-23 (22 percent) from long range.
Other statistics wouldn’t add up to a St. Catharine win either, as the Patriots shot only 34 percent from the field and were outrebounded 48-35 by the Wildcats, who fell to 2-1 with the loss.
“But the one stat that was huge is that we had just 14 turnovers and we forced them into 24 turnovers,” added Bramblett.
The Patriots now will rest on their 3-0 ledger until Saturday when they open Mid-South Conference play at Bluefield College. They are back home Tuesday for the home conference opener against Georgetown College, who is ranked sixth nationally.