Pomeroys split wins at Greenville College tournament

Dec. 10, 2012

The Pomeroy basketball team split wins at the Panther Paws for Poverty Classic over the weekend.  SMWC dropped the opening contest to host Greenville College 88-79 on Friday night before rebounding with a consolation victory over MacMurray College on Saturday afternoon 85-78.

Greenville College 88 SMWC 79

In the first game against Greenville, the Lady Panthers were able to shoot a blistering 55% from the field in the first half.  In addition to hitting 20-of-22 free throw attempts, the hosts were able to lead comfortably at the half 65-40. 

The Pomeroys were able to clamp down defensively in the second half, holding the Lady Panthers to only 10 total field goals and 33% shooting from the field.  SMWC outscored Greenville by 16, but was unable to make the comeback in a nine point defeat.

Brittney Shaner led the Pomeroys with 15 points.  Alaura McKemie chipped in 14 points, hitting 4-of-6 from three point range.  Chelsea Weaver and Brandi McDaniel also added 14 and 10 points for the Pomeroys.  

Greenville had six players in double figures, with Ieisha Adams and Coley Baker scoring a game-high 17 points. 

SMWC 85 MacMurray College 78

In the consolation game against MacMurray, the Pomeroys were able to jump out to a hot start in the first half.  They shot 47% from the field, hitting six three-point shots, and making all eight free throw attempts.  In one of the best halves of the season, SMWC went into the locker room with a 46-33 lead.

Despite being outscored in the second half by six, the Pomeroys were still able to hold on for their second victory of the season.  SMWC shot better from the field in the second half (50%) and outrebounded MacMurray in total rebounds 48-47. 

Brittney Shaner had her best scoring performance of the season, scoring a game- and season-high 33 points along with eight rebounds.  Sierra Lopez had her best scoring effort of the season as well, chipping in a season-high 18 points and seven rebounds. 

The Highlanders were led by Ashley Jenkins with 18 points.  Kelsey Anderson, Amy Radford, and Gabrielle Douglas also scored in double figures for MacMurray.

The Pomeroys return home in one of the most anticipated games of the season when they take on crosstown rival Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Tuesday, Dec. 11.  The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. and will take place at Hulbert Arena on the campus of Rose-Hulman.