Sunday, December 5, 2010


SC women start conference at 1-1

There is definitely a pattern developing here for the St. Catharine College women’s basketball team. Through the first 10 games of the season, Lena Bramblett’s team has alternated wins and losses to compile a 5-5 record. “Obviously we can’t be happy with a .500 record,” said Bramblett, “but when you look at the minutes our freshmen are playing I guess this is about where we should expect to be right now.”

The win-one lose-one continued last week in two home games as the Mid-South Conference schedule opened for the Patriots. After posting a 59-51win Thursday over Georgetown, the Patriots fell Saturday to Shawnee State by a 71-66 score. In Thursday’s victory, St. Catharine led nearly the entire game against the Tigers (4-5, 0-1). After leading 26-21 at halftime the Patriots saw the deficit cut to two points at the 3:35 mark but a 9-3 run to end the game gave them the eight point final margin. “We hadn’t beaten Georgetown before so that was a huge win for us,” said Bramblett. “Even with 31 turnovers and not shooting well we were able to hang on for the win.” Danielle Brown recorded a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Courtney Milam added 14 points. St. Catharine shot just 36 percent from the field but the Tigers were even colder as they hit just 28 percent from the field and committed 27 turnovers.

On Saturday against Shawnee State (6-3, 1-1), the Patriots faced a 37-25 halftime hole but were able to tie the game in the second half before falling 71-66. “There have been other games like this that we could have won if the effort is there the whole game,” added Bramblett. “We fought back to tie it up but ran out of gas then.” St. Catharine finally pulled even at 55-55 on Machera Calhoun’s jumper with 8:20 to play. They took their only lead of the second half at 62-61 with 3:13 to play on a Sa’de Mullins basket but the Bears regained control by scoring the next six points. Brown again led the Patriots with 18 points. Keller Menke, a freshman from Maysville, had a season high 16 points.

The Patriots began action last week with an 87-67 loss to visiting IU-Southeast, their second loss of the season to the Grenadiers (4-4). Brown had 16 points for the Patriots while Mullins and Milam had 12 and 10 points respectively.