Pomeroys winless at IU-Southeast tournament

November 16, 2012

The Pomeroy basketball team was unable to secure their first win of the season, dropping both contests over the weekend at the IU-Southeast tournament in New Albany, Ind. 

IU-Southeast 148 SMWC 101

In the first game on Friday night, the Pomeroys took on the hosts IU-Southeast.  The Grenadiers were hot from the start and were able to jump out to an early 8-0 lead in the opening minute of the first half.  The Pomeroys were able to cut into that deficit early on, especially when the lead grew into double-digits.  Alaura McKemie’s field goal off a turnover at the 12:56 mark cut the lead to six.  However, that is the closest the Pomeroys would get.  Statistically, both teams shot equally in the first stanza (52%), but IU-Southeast was able outrebound the Pomeroys on the offensive glass 12-1.  The halftime score had the hosts leading 69-53.

In the second half, IU-Southeast was able to continue its dominance under the basket.  Their ability to outrebound the Pomeroys enabled them to create a variety of second chance points and points in the paint.  The Grenadiers were able to use those points to their advantage in extending their lead throughout the second half.  SMWC was able to improve on the offensive glass, coming down with 10 rebounds as a team, but it wasn’t enough as they finished on the losing end of a 148-101 score line.  

Britney Shaner led the Pomeroys with 24 points and seven rebounds.  Whitney Allen had her strongest showing of season, scoring a season-high 22 points.  McKemie (11 pts.), Brandi McDaniel (12 pts.), and Hailee Rittinger (11 pts.) were also able to score in double figures for the Pomeroys.  

The Grenadiers were led by Ashmere Woods who scored a game-high 28 points.  IU-Southeast’s Briana Palmer and Heather Wheat also registered 20 point performances. 

Oakland City University 100 SMWC 80

In the consolation game on Saturday afternoon, the Pomeroy basketball team took on NCAA Division II foe Oakland City. 

For the first time this season, the Pomeroys were able to come out strong in the first half, nursing a seven point lead within the first three minutes.  The Mighty Oaks were able to claw back into the game, tying the score on five different occasions.  With 3:08 left in the first half and the game tied at 39, the Pomeroys were able to go on a 9-0 run and finished the first half with a 54-43 lead.  SMWC had 10 fewer turnovers and four more field goal attempts than Oakland City.

In the second half, the Pomeroys looked to manage the lead and keep the Mighty Oaks from making another comeback.  However, at the 16:05 mark and the scored tied at 58, Oakland City was able to go on a key 15-0 run, in which the Pomeroys were never able to recover from.  The Mighty Oaks were able to keep the double-digit lead for the majority of the second half and finished the game with a 100-80 victory.

Britney Shaner finished with a team-high 20 points followed by Kristina Bruce who also poured in 18 points.  Whitney Allen was the only other Pomeroy in double-figures and finished with 10 points. 

Oakland City was led by Julie Hogg, who secured a double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds.  Brooke Evans and Rachel Moore also registered double-doubles for the Mighty Oaks. 

With strong performances throughout the tournament, both Britney Shaner and Kristina Bruce were named to the All-Tournament team.       

The Pomeroy’s next game will be at home on Friday, November 20th when they take on Spalding University.  Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Clinton Recreation Center in Clinton, Ind.