The Shawnee State Bears (8-2, 4-0) took a 16-15 lead eight minutes into the game and never looked back in posting the 82-64 victory over the Patriots in Portsmouth, Ohio on Saturday. They led 46-32 at halftime and built the advantage to as many as many as 28 points in the second half.
Shawnee State shot 59 percent in the first half and 54 percent for the game while St. Catharine connected on just 43 percent of its attempts. The Bears won the rebounding battle 39-31 which included 15 offensive boards.
“We just have to play better defense if we expect to win,” said head coach Lena Bramblett. “When you allow good team like that to score at will, you don’t have much chance of winning. And we have to rebound. We gave up 24 offensive rebounds against Georgetown and 15 in this one. Both of those teams are very good. Shawnee state was fourth nationally in the first poll and I’m sure that Georgetown will also be rated in the new poll this week.”
Reilly Poirier led the Patriots with 14 points and Riane Hofstraat added 12. Courtney Milam and Lametria Jackson each had five rebounds.
Alannah Sheets had 23 points to pace the Bears while Alex Pohl had 14 point san d11 rebounds.
Despite two recent setbacks that left the Patriots 0-3 in the Mid-South Conference, Bramblett is optimistic as her team enters a stretch of non-conference games to end the first half of the schedule. “We just have to move on and learn from these games. It is better to have these problems in December than February.”
The Patriots were at home Monday against Berea. Thursday they are at Midway College. Next Tuesday and Wednesday they head south to play in Florida against Florida Memorial College and Northwood University.