The St. Catharine College Patriots left the Sunshine State Wednesday with a warm feeling. That came not only from the favorable weather but also from the two victories by Lena Bramblett’s women. But Wednesday’s 67-50 victory over Northwood University came a little tougher than the previous day’s 82-48 rout of Florida Memorial.
After a 31-31 tie at halftime the Patriots were able to build a 54-38 lead over the Seahawks (2-6) with 8:28 left in the game. But Northwood battled back to cut the lead to 56-50 when Yasmene Harris hit one of two free throws with 2:16 to play.
Harris’ free throw, however, would be the last point the Seahawks scored. Carol Ruiz-Lopez gave St. Catharine some breathing room with a 3-point goal at the 1:53 mark. The Patriots then made eight consecutive free throws for the final margin.
The patriots, now 13-3, sank 13 of 14 free throw attempts for the game while hitting 38 percent (26-69) from the field. Northwood was 7-11 from the charity stripe and 21-54 (39 percent from the field.
Janae Howard led St. Catharine with 26 points while also collecting 12 rebounds and blocking four shots. Reilly Poirier added 11 points and Rianne Hofstraat nine, including a trey midway through the second half when the Patriots embarked on a 20-5 run.
For the first time in many game the Patriots held a rebounding edge with a 40-23 advantage over the Seahawks. In addition to Howard’s 12 boards, Poirier had seven rebounds, five of them on the offensive end.
St. Catharine will return to action January 5th with a Mid-South Conference game at UVA-Wise.