Pomeroys come up short against Oakland City

Feb. 11, 2014

Oakland City, Ind. – The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College basketball team’s attempt to win its third straight game came to an end on Tuesday afternoon with a 90-77 defeat to the Mighty Oaks of Oakland City University.

The Pomeroys had a better shooting percentage from the field in the first half (36%) compared to Oakland City (21%), but found themselves down by two at halftime (29-27).

To begin the second half, a Hailee Rittinger three-pointer put the Pomeroys ahead by one (30-29) at the 19:27 mark.  It was the only lead the Pomeroys would have in the second half as Oakland City was able retake the lead.  The Mighty Oaks would extend its lead to double digits at the 13 minute mark of the second half and was able to maintain the lead until the end of the game.   

The Pomeroys were led by Na-Shaunda Rayford who scored a team-high 15 points.  Two Pomeroys recorded double-double performances on the afternoon.  Ja’Breena Gardner finished with 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.  She also finished with a game-high six assists and three steals.  Madeline Pea’s double-double included a 10 point and 10 rebound effort.   Mikayla Kinneer (13 pts.) and Chelsea Weaver (10 pts.) were the only other players to score in double figures for SMWC. 

Oakland City was led by Lyndi Tedder who scored a game-high 24 points.  Whitney Malin (14 pts.) and Kolbi Edens (12 pts.) also scored in double figures for the Mighty Oaks. 

Statistically, the Pomeroys shot better from the field for the game.  SMWC was 41% (27-of-66) from the field compared to Oakland City who shot 35% (30-of-86).  The Pomeroys finished the game with more blocked shots (8-4), but Oakland City narrowly won the battle of the boards (54-52).

With the loss, the Pomeroys drop to 8-13 on the season.  Oakland City improves to 9-11.  The Pomeroys return to action in two days (Thursday, Feb. 13) at home against Lindenwood-Belleville.   This will mark the second meeting between the two schools with Lindenwood-Belleville winning the first matchup 120-95 back on Jan. 11.  The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start and will be played at the Clinton Recreation Center in Clinton, Ind.