FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ST. CATHARINE COLLEGE SPORTS INFORMATION Thursday, November 6, 2014
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HOLDS OFF THE BUFFALOES
Coming off their thrilling victory over West Virginia State, the Patriot women’s basketball team (2-1, 0-0 MSC) notched their second victory of the season against the Buffaloes of Milligan College (Tenn.) (0-1, 0-0 AAC) 59-54.
The Patriots trailed early in the opening half 6-0, but they battled back on the wave of a 19-6 run to take the lead 19-12. The Buffaloes, however, battled back to tie the game at 23 apiece. The Patriots would end the half on a 9-3 run, led by Jenna Thornhill (McQuady, Ky.), who tallied five of her 10 points in the run. The Patriots took the 32-26 lead into the locker room.
The Patriots wished the first half had never ended as they came out sluggish in the second frame as the Buffaloes went on a 14-5 run to take the lead 40-37. The lead, however, was short lived as the Patriots took the lead for good with 10 minutes left at 43-41. The Patriots would continue to push the Buffaloes when Nikcoa Jackson (Louisville, Ky.) hit a jump shot to give the Patriots their largest lead of the night at 52-43 with seven minutes left. The Buffaloes would cut the Patriot lead to three with 1:21 left, but the Patriots were able to hang on for the 59-54 victory.
The Patriots were led by three different players who all notched 10 points in the contest. The Wilson twins continued their strong play as they combined for 18 points and 20 rebounds. Miranda Wilson (Corbin, Ky.), a 5-7 guard, led the Patriots with 13 boards on the night. The Patriots controlled the glass all night as they out-rebounded the Buffaloes 56-37, including 22-8 on the offensive boards.
When asked about the game Head Coach Lena Bramblett said, “We were good in spurts.” Bramblett also added, “Cora Moore did nothing that’ll stand out in the stats, but she played all 40 minutes.”
The Patriots will now have a week to prepare for their first conference game of the season against number five in the nation, Campbellsville University on Thursday, November 13 at 6 PM.