St. Catharine traveled through treacherous road conditions in Thursday’s snowstorm to reach Williamsburg to take on the University of the Cumberlands in Mid-South Conference basketball. And when the two Patriot teams slid back home it was with two losses to te other Patriots in the MSC.
The men dropped a 68-59 decision and the women fell 70-47. The loss puts Lena Bramblett’s women at 3-5 in the MSC and 8-12 overall. The Patriot men fell to 6-2 in the conference and 12-4 overall.
In the women’s contest, St. Catharine was undone due to a season high 32 turnovers that resulted in 30 points for the Cumberlands’ Patriots who improved to 71 in the conference and 13-7 overall. St. Catharine outshot the homestanding Patriots 39.5 percent to 38 percent but could not overcome the poor floor play. They trailed 31-17 at halftime and could never make a second half run.
Reena Haliburton had 12 points but was the only St. Catharine player in double figures. Danielle Brown and Sa’de Mullins each had seven rebounds as St. Catharine held a 29-28 edge on the boards.
In the men’s game it appeared that St. Catharine would make what has become a customary second half comeback but this time couldn’t sustain the momentum on absorbing the nine point loss. Cumberlands led 33-20 at the break but St. Catharine bolted from the locker room with a 18-4 run to grab a 38-37 lead.
But Cumberlands (9-7, 5-3) answered with 12 unanswered points and never trailed again. The closest the Patriots could get was within six points in the final 10 minutes.
Ervin Williams was 8-11 from the field to lead St. Catharine with 22 points. Troy Lambert added 13 and Brandon Johnson had 10. St. Catharine shot just 39 percent for the game while Cumberlands hit 52 percent from the field.
St. Catharine is back in action Saturday with another tough conference doubleheader at Lindsey Wilson.