SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS, Ind. – The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (SMWC) women's basketball team (3-11) fell to the visiting Bulldogs of Wilberforce University (9-5) today 58-70. The Woods struggled to come out from Wilberforce's fast defensive play-style as they would record their lowest point total of the season.
How It Happened
- First Quarter: Wilberforce's fast ball movement and aggressive play led to some quick fouls but prevented the Pomeroys from making any ground. SMWC would find themselves in an early hole behind some defensive miscues and trail to start the 2nd quarter 9-18.
- Second Quarter: SMWC was able to take advantage of Wilberforce fouls to bring the score within 3 at 19-22 halfway through the quarter. Sloppy play by both teams limited the scoring across the board but the Bulldogs would go on a run to lead SMWC 20-31 at halftime.
- Third Quarter: The Pomeroys came out of the half still struggling to prevent fast breaks, but the Bulldogs weren't able to capitalize on easy baskets while picking up more fouls. The first points of the half wouldn't be recorded until almost three minutes into the half on an And-1 by Wilberforce. Smarter aggressive play by the Bulldogs and hurried shots by SMWC would keep the Woods in check but they would only they trail 38-46 at the end of three.
- Fourth Quarter: The Woods would start the quarter with a big three to close the gap to 41-46. SMWC would only be able to stay within 10 through most of the quarter as the Bulldogs continued aggressive play would lead to a staggering number of fouls, but SMWC couldn't overcome as they fall to 3-11 on the season in a 58-70 loss.
By the Numbers
- The Woods' Mara Canada led the team in scoring with 11. She was followed by Jayla Rogers (9), and Avalee Jeffers (8).
- Regan Hubbard paced the team in assists with 4 with Jayla Rogers and Paetyn Hayes both pulling down 9 rebounds.
- SMWC struggled to get points on the board, only shooting 24.4% from the field, 20.9% from behind the arc, and 40.7% from the line.
- There was a significant disparity in fouls called during the game with Wilberforce only going to the line 7 times to the Woods' 27.
- 58 points are the lowest score posted by SMWC this season (61 vs Rose-Hulman on 12/4/19)
- Wilberforce was led by Nia McCormick in scoring with 16 with LaTyrah Beasley adding 3 assists and Alexandra Shealey pulling down 10 boards for the Bulldogs.
The Pomeroys begin a 5-game road trip starting next Wednesday, January 15 when they travel to face Danville Area Community College in Danville, Illinois. Game time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET.
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