Pomeroys tripped up by Lady Bearcats

Jan. 8, 2014

Clinton, Ind. – Despite outscoring the visiting Lady Bearcats of Brescia University by five in the second half, it wasn’t enough in a 100-90 defeat on Wednesday night.  

Brescia (3-13) would score the opening bucket of the game, but the game was back and forth early with four different lead changes.  Midway through the first half, the Pomeroys would take their last lead of the game with a three-pointer by Hailee Rittinger to put SMWC up 28-27.  Brescia would respond, going on a 15-2 run of their own and went into the half with a 15 point halftime lead. 

In the second half, Brescia would continue to maintain its double digit lead and kept the Pomeroys from making a comeback to the tie the game.  The closest the Pomeroys would get was within eight points with the score at 61-53.

The story of the game was the performance of Brescia’s Julie Whitfill.  She scored a game-high 36 points, shooting 7-of-16 from three-point range.  In addition, three Lady Bearcats had double-double performances.  Olivia Moore (12 pts., 12 reb.), Evelyn Turner (18 pts., 10 reb.), and Lauren Rodgers (17 pts., 13 reb.) had strong games for Brescia.

The Pomeroys were led by Ja’Breena Gardner who scored a team-high 18 points and shot 8-of-22 from the field.  Chelsea Weaver and Sierra Lopez each had double-doubles on the night.  Weaver finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Lopez chipped in 11 points and corralled 12 boards.  Alaura McKemie (13 pts.), Na-Shaunda Rayford (12 pts.), and Hailee Rittinger (11 pts.) also scored in double figures for the Pomeroys.

Both teams had many attempts from three-point range for the game.  The Pomeroys finished 12-of-45 and the Lady Bearcats were 13-of-35 from beyond the arc.  Brescia also won the battle of the boards (60-49).

The Pomeroys have dropped five straight games and their record falls to 6-9 on the season.  They will play this Saturday, Jan. 11 when they travel to Belleville, Ill. with a matchup against USCAA foe Lindenwood-Belleville.  Game time is scheduled for a 2 p.m. (EST) start.