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SMWC's Comeback Falls Short Against Washington Adventist

SMWC's Comeback Falls Short Against Washington Adventist
MONACA, Pa. - The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College women's basketball lost a hard fought battle this afternoon against Washington  Adventist University. The final score was Pomeroys 74, Lady Shock 84. This loss marks the teams fifth of the season but senior Callan Taylor is just seven points away from scoring 1,000 career points!

How It Happened:

SMWC and the Lady Shock both ran the court in the first quarter. However, the Lady Shock took the lead 20-15. In the second, SMWC was held to only 10 points which put them down 46-25 at halftime. In the third, the Pomeroys scored 23 points to cut the lead 66-48. In the fourth, SMWC went on an offensive run behind great defensive pressure. The Woods cut the 18-point lead by the Lady Shock to six points with 59 seconds left in the game. Despite the defensive pressure, the Lady Shock was able to close out the game behind good free throw shooting. SMWC fell 84-74.

From Head Coach Robert Belf

On what the team can take from the loss...

"Offensively we got anything we wanted in the first half but were unable to score. However, it was not the pace we wanted to play. In the second half, we pushed our pace and it let us begin to hit the shots we need to make. Our goal in the tournament was to sustain our intensity and our pace for four quarters. We are trusting the process of what we are doing and we are getting better but we have to eliminate the lapses. We are working our way to becoming a good basketball team"

On how the team can prepare for a very talented Rose-Hulman team...

"When we come back from break, we will have the opportunity to see them play. I think the bottom line for us is getting better at what we do. RHIT is a really good basketball team but our concern is to play the way we want to play."

From Callan Taylor

On getting the team clicking so well tonight...

"Even though we lost this game, we made a comeback. I think that this shows that we don't back down, we continue to work hard, and shows that we don't give up. This tournament has brought us closer together and has shown us that we can do some great things as long as we work as a team."

On being seven points away from scoring 1,000 career points...

As for the 1,000 points, I have to give that to my team and coaches. They get me the ball so that I can shoot, even if I miss they have faith that I'll still knock one down. The past four years I've been told to shoot by Coach Bradley and now Coach Belf, it's a shooter's dream having the green light all the time. I'm excited to be on the banner with my other teammates JaBreena and Tara."

From Avalee Jeffers

"I think we just finally came together as a team! We worked really hard in the second half and had energy on the court and the bench! Everyone contributed in some way and now we just need to be able to compete competitively in the first half as well!"

 Statistical Leaders:

  • Mara Canada led the team in scoring with 12 points and six rebounds; she hit four 3-PT baskets 
  • Callan Taylor notched 11 points two rebounds, two steals, and an assist; she is seven points away from scoring 1,000 points in her career
  • Avalee Jeffers finished the contest with 10 points, five rebounds, and four steals

By The Numbers...

16 | The Woods offense knocked down 16 three-point baskets

89 | SMWC's high-powered offense was able to get off 89 total shots

3 | The Pomeroys had 3 players score in double-digits

12 | Overall, 12 of the 14 active members of the team tallied points on the box score, this is the third game in-a-row the Pomeroys have had 11+ player's score

Next Match-Up...

SMWC will be back in action at home on Wednesday, November 28th. The Pomeroys will take on rival Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the Dorsett Automotive Crosstown Classic.

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