Monday, January 26, 2015


     The Patriot women’s basketball team (8-12, 1-6 MSC) was looking to make it two in a row over ranked opponents on Saturday when they traveled to #25 Georgetown College (11-7, 2-5 MSC). St. Catharine held the lead late in the second half, but couldn’t hang as they fell 73-69.

     Cora Moore (Louisville, Ky.) led the Patriots with 15 points. Heather Sandlin (Florence, Ky.) recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists. Brooke Gee (Ashland, Ky.) had another strong performance with 10 points. The Patriots struggled with rebounding the ball as they were outrebounded 46-26.

     It looked as though the Tigers were going to take control of the game early when they jumped out to a 14-7 lead, but the young Patriots regrouped and responded with a 10-3 run to tie the game at 17 apiece with 7:23 remaining in the half. The final seven minutes and change was a seesaw battle that saw both teams hold a three point lead, but it was the Patriots who took a 32-31 lead into the locker room.

     The Tigers took a one point lead in the opening minute of the final frame, but the Patriots responded with an 11-2 run to take an eight point advantage with 15:53 remaining in the game. The Tigers clawed back with a 10-2 run to tie the game at 45 apiece. Georgetown then went on a 21-7 run to take their largest lead of the game at 14 with 3:33 remaining. The Patriots responded with an 11-1 run to cut the lead to four with 1:21 remaining, but the Tigers hit their freebies in the final minutes as they hung on for the 73-69 victory.

     Both teams shot similar percentages for the game. The Patriots shot 43 percent from the field and the Tigers shot 42 percent for the game. The Patriots connected on 10 of their 17 three point attempts, whereas the Tigers shot 16 and only hit five.

     St. Catharine will return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Pulaski, Tenn. for a battle against Martin Methodist College at 7 PM. The Red Hawks are currently ranked 23rd in the NAIA.