Following an impressive opening win against Miami-Middletown, the Lady Patriots looked to continue their success at the Habitat Classic in Georgetown, Ky.
Coming into the Habitat Classic the Lady Patriots (1-2) felt confident about their chances after an exhibition win against Kentucky State and their first official win at Miami-Middletown. The Patriots opened the first round of the tournament against the College of the Ozarks (4-1), who came into the contest ranked 10th nationally in scoring offense. However, the Patriots came into the contest ranked second nationally in blocks with 18 and third in blocks per game with six.
Early in the first half Brooke Gee (Ashland, Ky.) knotted the score at six with a made basket in the paint. However, the Ozarks were able to take advantage of the Patriots’ miscues as they went on a 16-3 run, propelling them to a 49-21 halftime advantage. In the second half the Patriots were able to find ways to score off of their 37 rebounds, led by Brooke Gee and her 10 boards. As the time ticked away Heather Sandlin (Florence, Ky.) found pay dirt behind the arc for three of her 17 on the night. Even with Sandlin’s effort the Patriots couldn’t overcome the 49% shooting from the Ozarks as they fell 94-48.
With Friday behind them, the Patriots were looking for redemption on Saturday as they squared off against Taylor University (1-3). Riding the momentum of the nine points and two assists from Machera Calhoun (Fort Meyers, Fl.), the Patriots were able to take a 33-29 lead into the break. In the second half, the Patriots were led by senior Rianne Hoffstrat (Netherlands) and her 13 points. On the glass, Brooke Gee captured her second double digit night, but it was not enough as Taylor outscored the Patriots 42-27 in the second half to come away with the 71-60 victory.
The Patriots will hit the road once more Thursday, November 12th as the take on Kentucky Wesleyan College at 8 PM in Owensboro, Ky.