FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ST. CATHARINE COLLEGE SPORTS INFORMATION Thursday, March 12, 2015
PATRIOT WOMEN SHOW TOUGHNESS IN SEASON ENDING SETBACK
By all indications, the opening round game against top seeded Campbellsville University would not be a good outcome for the St. Catharine College women who entered the game as the eighth and lowest seed in the Mid-South Conference tournament. The Patriots had suffered two regular season losses to the Tigers by an average of 37 points.
But the Patriot women paid little attention to the past performances as they battled the Tigers to the very end before succumbing by a score of 68-60.
“We had our chances and that is all you can ask for,” said patriot head coach Lena Bramblett whose team finished at 10-21.
No doubt the Patriots had their chances against the Tigers (28-2) who fell to Shawnee State in the championship game but still earned a berth in the NAIA national Tournament. After trailing by 11 points at halftime, St. Catharine trimmed the lead to 62-58 with 1:13 to play and had the ball with a chance to get even closer.
The Patriots, however, committed a turnover at the 1:01 mark and the Tigers made all six of their free throws in the final minute to clinch the eight point win.
Defense definitely kept the game close as Campbellsville was held to 31 percent shooting from the field including 8-32 from three-point range. The Patriots shot 36 percent overall and were 4-21 from behind the arc. Campbellsville won the rebounding battle 51-38 and made 18 of 20 free throws while St. Catharine was 16-22 at the charity stripe.
The guard tandem of Cora Moore and Heather Sandlin led the Patriots with 20 and 17 points respectively. Moore also led the team in rebounds with nine and Sandlin added four assists.