TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (SMWC) Women's Basketball team faced off against the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the Dorsett Automotive Women's Basketball Crosstown Classic this evening, falling 61-66 in a closely contested game.
How it Happened
The Pomeroys were led in scoring by Paetyn Hayes and Kalyn Williams with 11 each. Brianna Smith and Jayla Rogers both pulled down 5 boards and Brook Andrus 3 assists led the team. The Pomeroys were aggressive on the ball as they forced 30 turnovers on the Engineers and 19 steals.
The Pomeroys shot just 28.4% from the field compared to Rose's 48.8% and were out-rebounded 33-41. It was the free-throw line that seemed to make the biggest difference as SMWC found themselves with just 8 attempts, making 5. This was in stark contrast to Rose-Hulman's 22-of-30 shooting at the line.
The game was one of the closest in the history of the Crosstown Classic since 2010. The Woods led 36-34 at halftime lead and were looking sharp and accurate from 3-point range. It wasn't until the 3rd quarter, when Rose outscored the Woods 15-8, that the cracks would start to show.
Rose-Hulman was led by Hannah Woody with 18 points while Nosa Igiehon's 10 rebounds paced all players.
SMWC led by as much as 10 near the close of the 1st quarter, but couldn't keep the momentum in their favor. The Fightin' Engineers pulled within 4 going into halftime and would lead for most of the 2nd half. Some late fouls were the difference maker as SMWC couldn't get anything called their way and failed to find their shot in the closing minutes.
With the loss, the Woods falls to 1-9 on the season and Rose-Hulman picks up their first win to move to 1-4.
The Pomeroys will travel to face Andrews University this Saturday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m. ET.
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