Basketball (W)

Patriot women fall twice in Florida

           The St. Catharine College women got a break from the snow and cold last week as they traveled to Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida for two games. But while Lena Bramblett’s patriots enjoyed the warmer climate, they didn’t enjoy the outcome of the two games played.

            On Wednesday they took on the host Ave Maria University Gyrenes and fell 71-62. On Thursday they lost a 60-57 decision to another Kentucky team, Brescia University.

            “We really didn’t play badly in either game,” Said Bramblett whose team fell to 6-9. “We just couldn’t finish. We are making critical mistakes late in the games that are costing us.”

            Against Ave Maria, who is 6-4 but ranked first in the nation in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, the Patriots led for most of the game including a 30-23 halftime advantage. But free throws proved costly as the Patriots were only 9-27 from the line. The Gyrenes took the lead for good with 5:25 remaining and held on by hitting eight of 10 free throws down the stretch.

            Danielle Brown led the Patriots with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Keller Menke and Sa’de Mullins added 11 and 10 points respectively.

            Thursday against Brescia (10-3) the Patriots again played well in the first half as they

took a 33-27 lead to the locker room. But the Bearcats held the Patriots to just 10 second half

field goals to claim the 60-57 victory.

            Again free throws were crucial as the Bearcats made 23 of 34 charity tosses while the

Patriots were7-11 from the foul line.

            “Really you can’t pinpoint any particular player but, as a team, we are just not getting it

 done at the end of the games,” added Bramblett.

            Reena Haliburton was the only Patriot in double figures as she scored 15 points.

            The Patriots returned to action Monday with a home game against Mid-Continent

 University. It is then back to Mid-South Conference play as University of Virginia-Wise visits

Thursday for a 6:00 game and Pikeville comes to town Saturday for a 2:00 tip-off. Both of those

games precede men’s contests in the conference doubleheaders.

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