Wednesday night at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee the St. Catharine women were outrebounded, outshot from long range and were forced into 30 turnovers. And they beat the Redhawks 75-71.
The victory, their second of the season over Martin Methodist, came due to some last minutes key plays. With just 3:26 left in the game the Patriots trailed 66-59. But Reilly Poirier made six consecutive free throws to cut the lead to one point and, following a Redhawk turnover, Machera Calhoun threaded a pass to Janae Howard for a basket and a 67-66 Patriot lead at the 1:31 mark.
The lead then changed hands three times in the next 56 seconds before Jessy Christopher’s free throw for Martin Methodist tied the score at 71-71 with 34 seconds left. Howard then scored again on an excellent pass from Courtney Milam and was fouled. She converted the three point play with 25 seconds to play and Rianne Hofstraat added a free throw with 12 seconds left for the final four point margin.
“We played well until about midway through the second half and then we went through a stretch where we couldn’t do anything,” said patriot coach Lena Bramblett whose team improved to 4-0. “We couldn’t score, we made turnovers and all the calls were going against us.”
That stretch took the Redhawks from a 55-44 deficit with 11:35 to play to the seven point lead they built before the late Patriot rally.
“But we really executed late in the game,” added Bramblett. “We scored 15 points in our final seven possessions and we got three consecutive stops on defense.”
Howard led all scorers with 30 points while grabbing a game high 14 rebounds. The junior transfer from Western Kentucky University is averaging 23 points and 13 rebounds through the first four games. Poirier added 18 points in the winning effort.
Martin Methodist outrebounded the Patriots 51-46. They were 4-13 (33 percent) from three point range while the Patriots were 3-16 for 19 percent. Overall the Redhawks shot just 31 percent while the Patriots were slightly better at 37 percent. And while the Patriots did have 30 turnovers, they were able to force an equal amount of miscues from the Martin Methodist offense.
The Patriots are back on the hardwood Tuesday when they host Olivet Nazarene at 6:00. That is the first of four consecutive home games.