Pomeroy second half rally seals victory over Oakland City
Feb. 11, 2013
Whitney Allen’s steal and basket as she was fouled with 22 seconds left in the game unlocked an 87-87 tie and gave the Pomeroy basketball team their second consecutive win with a 91-87 comeback victory over the visiting Mighty Oaks of Oakland City University on Saturday afternoon.
On Senior Day, Allen finished with a game-high 24 points to go along with four assists. She was 8-of-16 from the field and shot 6-of-9 from the charity stripe. Sierra Lopez had one of her best games of the season with a 17 point, eight rebound outing. Brandi McDaniel was sharp under the basket for the Pomeroys, finishing with 15 points and eight rebounds. Chelsea Weaver was hot from beyond the arc, scoring nine of her 14 points from three-point land. Kristina Bruce also had a strong rebounding performance, leading the Pomeroys with a team-high 11 rebounds.
Oakland City was led by Lyndi Tedder with a 17 point performance. Rachel Moore (16 pts., 14 reb.) secured a double-double and Whitney Malin chipped in 15 points for the Mighty Oaks.
In the first half, Oakland City was hot from the start after going on a 10-0 run to begin the game. The Pomeroys would slowly chip away at the lead and took their first lead of the game (34-33) after a McDaniel three-point basket at the 7:30 mark. The game would be deadlocked on two occasions within the final minutes of the half, but a critical 9-0 run by the Mighty Oaks gave the visitors a 46-55 lead at halftime.
Oakland City would begin the second half in similar fashion to the beginning of the game. They opened up their lead to 15 points and looked to potentially run away with the game. However, the Pomeroys had enough fuel in the tank to mount another pivotal comeback. Slowly chipping away at lead once more, the Pomeroys found themselves tied at 73 after two made free-throws by Allen following a technical foul on Oakland City’s head coach. With 6:45 left to go, the lead would see-saw back and forth and eventually would be knotted up at 87 after Madeline Pea’s jumper with 37 seconds remaining.
After missed opportunities by both teams, Oakland City would inbound the ball with less than 30 seconds left from near midcourt. Allen was able to read the inbounds pass, stole the ball, and scored a heroic basket as she was fouled to put the Pomeroys up two with 22 seconds remaining. After making the bonus free-throw, the Mighty Oaks would get an attempt to tie the game, but were unable to convert. Allen rebounded the missed Oakland City shot with 2.3 seconds left and sinked both free-throws after she was fouled. Oakland City did not have enough time to muster up a comeback of their own and the game ended with a Pomeroy victory.
Bradley’s Brigade (SMWC student section) was well represented and was very loud and supportive over the final few minutes. Their cheers, including many faculty, staff, alums, and family members in attendance aided in the exciting and dramatic finish of the game.
At the conclusion of the contest, both seniors Allen and Brittney Shaner were honored for their accomplishments as basketball players at SMWC. They were introduced with their parents by head coach Deanna Bradley and even delighted the crowd with individual speeches of their own. Gifts were presented to both players by some of the Pomeroy players as the ceremonies concluded.
The victory is the second win in-a-row for the Pomeroys and they improve their home record to 4-2. Overall, the Pomeroy’s record now sits at 7-17 while Oakland City drops to 12-10 on the season.
The next game for the Pomeroys will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 13 against Lindenwood-Belleville. This will mark the second meeting between the two schools this season. Lindenwood-Belleville won the previous matchup back on Jan. 11 (111-91). Game time is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start and will take place at the Clinton Recreation Center in Clinton, Ind.