SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS, Ill. - With bittersweet emotions on Senior Day, the SMWC women's basketball concluded its 2019 campaign with a victory over the University of Cincinnati Clermont 93-64. The Pomeroys honored its only senior Callan Taylor and are so thankful for her dedication to The Woods basketball program.
How It Happened:
In the first quarter, SMWC jumped out to an early lead after their defensive full-court press caused problems for the Cougars. The Woods forced 12 turnovers which led to a 20-13 lead after ten minutes of play. In the second quarter, Mara Canada and Paetyn Hayes each knocked down two 3-PT baskets apiece. The Pomeroys shot 40.0% from beyond the arc which extended their lead by 26 points. At halftime, SMWC was winning 46-20. Mara Canada stayed hot in the third quarter hitting two more from three-point land. The Woods out-rebounded Cincinnati-Clermont the entire contest both offensively and defensively. In the fourth quarter, six Pomeroys scored while they maintained their dominance to defeat UCC 93-64. In the final minute, the Pomeroys gave up a foul for Callan Taylor to sub out of the contest and receive a standing ovation from the crowd.
Mara Canada set a career-high scoring 23 points as she connected on seven three-point baskets; she added six rebounds and three steals
Callan Taylor notched 12 points in her Senior Day performance; she grabbed three rebounds and one assist
Sydney Ingram added 11 points; she grabbed nine rebounds and two steals
Paetyn Hayes tallied nine points and eight rebounds
By The Numbers:
79 | As a team, SMWC grabbed a whopping 79 total rebounds
7 | The Pomeroys finished their season on a 4-game winning streak
23 | The Woods' Mara Canada had a career-high afternoon with 23 points scored
18 | SMWC hit 18 three-point baskets
Senior Callan Taylor Quote:
On playing in her final game at SMWC...
"I've played basketball for 17 years and four of those years I've had the privilege of playing at the Woods. It has been such an amazing experience with many memories made. It's hard to believe that it's all over now. I've had so much support the past four years and especially this past year. My teammates, coaches, friends, and family really made me feel special today. I enjoyed every second of this last game from cheering on my teammates and just playing one last time. I'm happy to say I ended my career with a great team win."
The Pomeroys conclude the 2018-19 season with an 8-16 (.333) overall record under first-year head coach Robert Belf. The program graduates one senior Callan Taylor and will return 13 player's to its 2019 roster, along with two recent signees Darriyn Hackbarth and Brooke Andrus. This season, SMWC scored 81.5 points per game and shot 32.9% from the field. As a defense, they allowed 93.7 points per game and forced on average 15.2 steals per game. From the line, they shot 65.2% as a team and made 348 free throws. The Woods will carry a four-game winning streak as momentum as they open up play next year!
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