The St. Catharine women came alive on offense in the second half of Thursday’s game against the visiting Campbellsville Tigers by shooting 56 percent. But unfortunately for Lena Bramblett’s team the visitors also were an identical 19-24 after the break for 56 percent en route to a 90-70 win.
“Yes, we scored at will in the second half but we couldn’t get defensive stops,” said Bramblett whose team fell to 4-3 overall and 0-3 in the Mid-South Conference. “We just have to start playing better on defense to win in this conference.”
The Tigers (7-2, 4-0), ranked 13 nationally, led 39-28 at halftime. St. Catharine was able to trim that lead to seven points at 43-36 early in the second half but could get no closer. Campbellsville led by as many as 23 late in the game.
The stats sheet looked very similar despite the final 20 point outcome. The Tigers shot 48.6 from the field and the Patriots hit 48.4 percent. Both teams were 3-13 from three point range. St. Catharine had 19 turnovers to the Tigers’ 14. The visitors outrebounded the Patriots 42-33.
Reilly Poirier greatly helped the St. Catharine field goal percentage as the senior forward was 11-13 from the field for a game high 23 points. She was one of four Patriots in double figures as Rianne Hofstraat had 12 points to go along with a game high 11 rebounds and Alexiss Griffin and Machera Calhoun each added 11 points.
Katie Allen led Campbellsville with 15 points. Courtney Clifton had 14 while Mackenzie and Chelsea Craig scored 12 and 10 points respectively.
Bramblett knows that her team will get no rest from the rigorous conference schedule as Lindsey Wilson visits Saturday for a 2:00 tip-off. The Blue Raiders are ranked 17th nationally with a 4-2 overall record and a 2-2 MSC slate.
“We have to let this one (the loss to Campbellsville) go and get ready for Saturday,” Bramblett said. “Lindsey Wilson has a good inside game like Campbellsville so we have to do a better job defensively in the post.”