SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS, Ind. – The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) Women's Basketball team (3-10) stormed into the new year with a 100-51 win over Lincoln Christian (2-10) behind Avalee Jeffers' 23 points and a Jayla Rogers first career double-double.
How It Happened
- First Quarter: The Pomeroys jumped out an early lead and never looked back. The score would balloon to 20-5 with 3 minutes left in the quarter as the team's stifling defense forced turnovers constantly. The 3-point shot that the Pomeroys live or die by was working in their favor. They would close out the half already with a strong lead at 30-12.
- Second Quarter: More turnovers would haunt Lincoln Christian as they were forced to make ill-advised throws and settle for low percentage shots. It seemed as though the platoons were well-rested as they subbed in and out, while the Red Lions were quickly running out of steam. The Pomeroys would finish with one of their strongest halves of the season up 55-28.
- Third Quarter: Second half woes have been a problem for SMWC throughout the season as they often appear sluggish out of the gate. SMWC would hold LCU at bay despite some foul trouble and increase their lead to 35 with an 80-45 finish.
- Fourth Quarter: It was clear by the end of the 3rd quarter that this one was over, but the Pomeroys continued to hound LCU on the ball and make some plays off their mistakes. Lincoln Christian would turn the ball over 36 times during the game with 27 of those coming from SMWC steals. The Woods improve to 3-10 on the season with a convincing 49 point win over Lincoln Christian 100-51.
By the Numbers
- Avalee Jeffers led all players in scoring with 23 points on 10-14 shooting. She was followed on the SMWC side of the ball by Brooke Andrus (11) and Jayla Rogers (10).
- Jayla Rogers posted her first career double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) on 5-7 shooting. She was the leading rebounder for the Pomeroys, followed by Paetyn Hayes, Maggie Reimer, and Avalee Jeffers all with seven.
- Freshman Alexandra Baver recorded her first career points with a 3-point basket in the final seconds of the game. She would also add an assist.
- Lincoln Christian's top performers were Mikayla Smith with 15 points on 6-14 shooting while adding 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
- Audrey Henningsen posted 13 points also on 6-14 shooting and contributed 9 rebounds and 2 assists.
- Baleigh Jones scored 8 points on 3-11 shooting with 13 rebounds and 0 assists.
Quote | Robert Belf
On his message to his team before the game…
"The biggest thing was for us to play hard, together, and play through [any] first-half mistakes. We figured we might be a bit rusty, but we did a nice job of getting ourselves in a position to take good shots."
"Both Avalee and Jayla push each other in practice. They did a great job at rebounding and getting after it off the glass. They are great at helping our full-court press work as well."
On battling through adversity…
"It was very important to get everyone involved. We have been fighting through some illness right now, so some player's minutes got cut but it was great to see them sharing the ball."
The Pomeroys will host Wilberforce University on Saturday, January 11th. The first tip is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. ET.
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