BATAVIA, Ohio. – The SMWC women's basketball team (2-10) couldn't hold their strong 1st quarter lead as they fell in a heartbreaker to the University of Cincinnati-Clermont (9-3) 105-101 this afternoon. The Pomeroys started hot as they hit their deep shots throughout the first half, but they started to sputter in the 4th quarter. The turnovers and poor ball-handling that Cougars displayed early in the game was tightened up as the Pomeroys started to look tired. The Pomeroys would drop to 2-10 on the season.
How it Happened
- First Quarter: The Pomeroys started strong, with three straight 3-pointers. The shots continued to fall as the Woods worked their lead to as much as 15 in the 1st quarter. Mara Canada and Natalie Nickless dominated the Cougars with 15 points combined in the quarter. SMWC would expose UC-Clermont's lack of ball control with multiple turnovers and fouls to increase their lead. SMWC finishes the first quarter up 30-18.
- Second Quarter: Natalie Nickless stayed hot and increased her point total to 15, followed by Mara Canada with 9. UCC would make the necessary shots to get the game within 11 throughout, but more turnovers and ill-timed passes prevented them from making any significant ground. The Woods would finish the first half up 52-45.
- Third Quarter: The Pomeroys continued to hit their shots, a point that has been a struggle coming out of the half for them this season, but UCC responded with a few of their own to bring it within seven midway through the quarter. Controlling the ball would be a problem for UCC as a couple of potentially big moments were ruined by throwing the ball away. SMWC would survive the quarter still up 79-74, but the Cougars have closed the gap significantly.
- Fourth Quarter: UCC began playing angry and with a vengeance as they started playing more aggressively and the Pomeroy's ball movement started to falter. The Cougars would bring the game to a tie at 84-84 early in the 4th quarter. UCC would go on a run midway through the quarter as the Pomeroys seemed to run out of gas. Attempts to bring the game back would fall just short as SMWC would fall to UCC 105-101.
By The Numbers
- Natalie Nickless would lead the Pomeroys with 18 points, followed closely by Mara Canada with 12.
- Brianna Smith pulled down 11 boards while also adding eight points, three assists, and one block.
- UCC recorded four players with double-digit scoring, led by Anna Voskuhl with 33.
- The Pomeroys forced 32 turnovers to UCC's 24, outrebounded UCC 59-49, and stole the ball 17 times to the Cougar's 11. SMWC was out-shot by UCC (39.5% to 50.0%).
The Pomeroys will return in the New Year in an away contest against the University of Campbellsville-Harrodsburg on January 4th. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET.
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