SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS, Ind. – The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) Women's Basketball team (5-15) was defeated by Midway University (18-5) this afternoon 97-83. Despite the loss, Paetyn Hayes (18 points, 2 assists, 7 rebounds) and Avalee Jeffers (8 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds) both put up solid numbers for SMWC.
How It Happened
- First Quarter: SMWC came out of the gate forcing turnovers and playing strong team ball. They stormed out to a fast 7-0 lead, but also committed four fouls within the first three minutes to quickly get into trouble. Midway turned things around, taking advantage of Pomeroy fouls and miscues, to go on a 26-3 run and wrapped up the first quarter leading 28-10.
- Second Quarter: Midway continued to dictate the flow of the game, building on more fouls by SMWC and maintaining their double-digit lead through most of the quarter. They would go into the half with a 17-point lead at 45-28.
- Third Quarter: The Pomeroys were attempting better ball movement, but more fouls held them back from making any real ground. Paetyn Hayes, the Pomeroys leader in PPG, started to come alive and some quick baskets for SMWC in the final 30 seconds helped close the gap. Midway would hold on to their lead heading into the final quarter up 75-63.
- Fourth Quarter: The Woods started to come alive in the 4th quarter, fueled by big plays from Mara Canada and Delaney Kendall. SMWC would cut the deficit to 10 partway through the quarter, but fouling would prevent their big plays from making much difference. SMWC would fall to Midway 97-83 and drop to 5-15 on the season.
By the Numbers
- Paetyn Hayes led the Woods in scoring with 18 points while adding 2 assists, 7 rebounds, and 1 steal. She was followed in scoring by Mara Canada (12) and Maggie Reimer (9).
- Regan Hubbard led with 5 assists with another 4 coming from Delaney Kendall.
- Jayla Rodgers' 8 rebounds added to her impressive season rebounding total to bring her to 149, with Brianna Smith contributing another 7.
- Senior Paetyn Hayes is in the midst of a dominant scoring run, totaling 75 points over her past 6 games (12.5 PPG). This is also Hayes' 9th game in double-digit scoring, leading the team.
- Haleigh Yazell led the Eagles with 24 points, followed by Jill Enix with 22.
- Midway's assist leaders for the game were Kindall Talley (6) and Allyson Callahan (4).
- Leisa Butler and Jill Enix both pulled down 6 rebounds for Midway.
SMWC took a pregame moment of silence for Sister Ellen Cunningham, a Sister of Providence who passed away on Wednesday, and the SMWC Dance Team performed for the audience at halftime.
The Pomeroys return to action next Thursday, February 6th when they face Brescia University. SMWC will also be honoring the 2019 USCAA National Champion Women's Cross Country team before the game.
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