Pomeroys defeated by No. 1 ranked Lindenwood-Belleville

Feb. 13, 2014

Clinton, Ind. – The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College women’s basketball team was unable to keep pace with one of the best teams in the USCAA on Thursday night, dropping a 108-80 decision to top-ranked Lindenwood-Belleville. 

The visiting Lady Lynx, currently ranked No. 1 in Division I of the USCAA, would keep things close with the Pomeroys early in the first half.  SMWC led 4-0 at the 18:58 mark with baskets by Ja’Breena Gardner and Sierra Lopez to get the Pomeroys the early lead.  The Lady Lynx would respond, but only led by two at the 12:58 mark.  Lindenwood-Belleville would go on an 8-0 run over the next few minutes and was able to extend their lead to 10 points at the midway point of the first half.  The visitors would be able to push their lead further and went into halftime with a 54-35 advantage.

Na-Shaunda Rayford would score the first basket of the second half for the Pomeroys.  Madeline Pea would follow with a three-point basket, cutting the Lady Lynx lead to 16 points at the 19:29 mark.  However, that is the closest the Pomeroys would get as Lindenwood-Belleville would continue to extend their double digit lead for the remainder of the half. 

The Pomeroys were led in scoring by Rayford who scored a team-high 17 points.  Gardner registered a double-double performance on the night with her 16 points and team-high 12 rebounds.  Chelsea Weaver chipped in 15 points and corralled eight rebounds for the game.  Alaura McKemie was the only other Pomeroy to score in double figures and finished with 10 points. 

Lindenwood-Belleville’s Diamond Burt secured a double-double for the Lady Lynx with her game-high 23 points and 13 rebounds.  Four other Lady Lynx players scored in double figures including Shelby Kohrman who finished with 21 points. 

With the loss, the Pomeroys drop to 8-14 on the season.  Lindenwood-Belleville improves to 18-8.  The Pomeroys will play their next game at home on Wednesday, Feb. 19 against Wilberforce University.   Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and will mark the last home game of the season for SMWC.