Following the weekend games, an ESPN commentator made the statement regarding how tough it is to win on the road in conference basketball. That comment was directed toward Division I play but it could apply to any league in the nation – including the Mid-South Conference as St. Catharine College found out Saturday.
The Patriot men and women traveled to Campbellsville on Saturday and both returned with a losing decision. Lena Bramblett’s women opened the afternoon with an 85-81 setback and the men of J. T. Burton followed that with a 69-53 loss. The only losses for the Patriot women this season have come in conference play where they now stand 2-4 with an overall mark of 15-4. That puts them in seventh place. The St. Catharine men fell to 7-7 overall and 3-3 in the MSC which puts them in a tie for third place.
In Saturday’s first game the Lady Tigers (13-6, 4-2) lived at the free throw line in the four-point victory. Campbellsville made 39 of 45 free throws for the game including 25-27 in the second half as they held of the Patriots for the victory. St. Catharine was also proficient from the foul line but had just 20 chances, making 18 of them.
The Patriots led 60-59 midway through the second half but that would be their last lead of the game. Campbellsville led by as many as seven points following that but St. Catharine continued to battle, cutting the lead to 71-70 with2:56 to play. But the Tigers went 12-13 from the foul line down the stretch to ice the victory.
The Patriots shot 40 percent from the field (29-73 while the Tigers were at 37 percent (22-60). Campbellsville was 2-12 from three point range while St. Catharine was 5-15 from behind the arc.
Junior guard Jasmine Gibson led the Patriots with a career high 24 points. Janae Howard and Kasei Evans each had 14 points. Mackenzie Lee score a career high 29 points to lead Campbellsville.
In the men’s action the 22nd ranked Tigers (13-5, 2-4) overcame a 29-28 halftime deficit to win going away 69-53. St. Catharine extended the lead to 31-28 to start the second half but Campbellsville then scored 11 unanswered to take control of the game. The Tigers quickly went to a 51-36 lead and the Patriots never recovered.
St. Catharine shot just 37 percent (19-51) from the field including 6-16 on three point attempts. The Tigers hit 40 percent (25-62) from the field and connected on eight three point shots in 23 attempts. St. Catharine was 9-16 at the foul line while Campbellsville was11-14 from the charity stripe. Both teams collected 36 rebounds.
Travis Wilkins led St. Catharine with 11 points and Delonte Taylor and Kevin Kornegay had 10 each. Campbellsville forced the Patriots into 20 turnovers while they committed only eight turnovers themselves.
The Patriots return to Lourdes Hall this week for two conference doubleheaders. On Thursday the University of the Cumberlands visits and Saturday Lindsey Wilson will provide the opposition. Thursday’s twin bill starts with the women’s game at 6:00 followed by the men at 8:00. Saturday the women tip off at 2:00 with the men starting at 4:00.