Pomeroys fall short to cross-town rival Rose-Hulman

Dec. 4, 2013

Terre Haute, Ind. – Led by Ja’Breena Gardner’s game-high 25 points, the Pomeroy basketball team was unable to keep pace with cross-town rival Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in a 74-54 defeat at Hulbert Arena on Wednesday night.   

The Pomeroys came into the game having won three of its last four games.  Rose-Hulman was seeking its first win of the season and looking to retain the coveted Clabber Girl Trophy.  Both teams struggled early in the first half to generate good looks at the basket.  For much of the first ten minutes, both SMWC and Rose-Hulman played a game that included a variety of turnovers and missed opportunities to score.  However, the style of play by both teams would pick up after the midway point of the half when Rose-Hulman went on a 7-0 run to open up a tight game.  Over the last three minutes, a pair of free-throws by Madeline Pea and a Gardner layup made the game closer for the Pomeroys as they went into the locker room trailing by a score of 27-19.

After going 0-7 from behind the arc and scoring a season-low 19 points in the first half, the Pomeroys were able to improve as a team offensively in the second half.  SMWC knocked down three triples in the second half and put up 35 total points.  The Pomeroys also shot the ball better from the field as well, shooting 42% in the second half compared to the first half (25%).

With 13 minutes left to play in the second half, Rose-Hulman held an eight point lead (39-31) before Sheree Williams went on an 8-0 run of her own.   That run put Rose-Hulman ahead by 13 (47-34) with 11:16 left to play.  Gardner would score eight-straight points of her own to cut the Rose-Hulman lead back to 13 at the 3:35 mark, but that is the closest SMWC would get.

In addition to Gardner’s 25 points, she also had a game-high 4 steals and 5 rebounds for the Pomeroys.  Pea scored in double-digits for SMWC, finishing with 12 points on the night and shooting 2-for-2 from behind the arc.  Sierra Lopez also finished with 11 points on the night.

Rose-Hulman was led by Kristen Belyea and Andi Evers who each had 11 points off the bench for the Engineers.  Lauren Meadows also chipped in 10 points for Rose-Hulman.

The SMWC support from students, faculty, staff, and others was proudly displayed this evening.  Many fans made the trip across town and wore their Pomeroy Pride attire and cheered throughout the game.   Even at the closing moments of the game, the SMWC student section continued to chant and root on their basketball team.   If all goes well, the Pomeroys will be playing Rose-Hulman in their new facility next season on the SMWC campus.

The Pomeroys are now 4-4 on the season and will play again this Saturday in a rematch with IU-Southeast at home.  Game time is set for a 2 p.m. start and will be played at the Clinton Recreation Center in Clinton, Ind.