Pomeroys fall short at Indiana Tech SportONE Shootout

Dec. 29, 2012

The Pomeroy basketball team was unable to come away victorious over the weekend, dropping both contests to Indiana Tech and Trine University at the SportONE Shootout tournament in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Indiana Tech 108 SMWC 89

In the first game of the tournament on Friday night, the Pomeroys matched up with the hosts from Indiana Tech. A typically strong opponent from the NAIA Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, the Lady Warriors were hot from the start and went on an early 14-0 run after a basket by Indiana Tech’s Chelsea Carradine.  A field goal by Kristina Bruce ended the shooting drought for the Pomeroys, cutting the lead to 12 with 16:27 remaining in the first half.  

The Pomeroys continued to work at the deficit for the remainder of the half, pulling to within 16 points twice, but were unable to get any closer as the Lady Warriors shot a blistering 52.1% (25 of 48) from the field. In comparison, SMWC only shot 40.5% (15 of 37) for the half. Going into the locker room, the halftime score read 61-40 in favor of Indiana Tech.

Coming out of halftime, the Pomeroys were eager to chip away at the lead. Unfortunately, Indiana Tech proved to be too much as they continued to build on their halftime lead.  The hosts were able to go on another key 14-0 run, beginning at the 18:01 mark of the second half. The Pomeroys finally stopped the bleeding with a pair of free throws by Brittney Shaner with 14:45 remaining. SMWC continued to claw their way back into the game, but the large deficit was too much to overcome. For the remainder of the half, the Lady Warriors were able to manage the lead and eventually cruised to a 108-89 victory.

Shaner had another huge game for the Pomeroys, scoring 22 of her game-high 28 points in the second half. She also led the team in rebounding (7) and assists (5). Whitney Allen poured in 16 points, while Chelsea Weaver and Bruce contributed with 11 points apiece. 

For Indiana Tech, Rachel Kruse scored a team-high 23 points, and teammate Ulyssia Richmond added 21 points. Kaneisha Bass and Carridine also scored in double figures for the Lady Warriors.   

Indiana Tech outrebounded SMWC 61-33 and won the battle of points in the paint 64-46. 

Trine University 99 SMWC 79

In the second game of the tournament on Saturday afternoon, the Pomeroy basketball team took on NCAA Division III opponent Trine University out of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Similar to the game against Indiana Tech the night before, Trine was able to get out to an early lead, going on an 8-0 run within the first four minutes of the game. The Pomeroys would answer back and were able to cut the lead down to four on a basket by Chelsea Weaver at the 12:13 mark. The Thunder lead would rise to double digits, increasing their margin to 13 points just past the halfway point of the first half. SMWC would respond once again, going on an 8-0 run, cutting the lead down to five on a 3-point basket by Kristina Bruce.However, with 5:27 remaining in the half, a basket by Trine’s Kelsey Henselmeier spurted a critical 9-0 run for the Thunder. This particular run aided in their halftime lead over the Pomeroys, 53-40. 

Brittney Shaner was able to score the first basket of the second half, cutting the Trine lead down to 11. This was the closest the Pomeroys would get in the game as Trine was able to extend its lead to over 20 points for most of the half. Trine led by as many as 27 points with 14:25 remaining and wouldn’t allow the Pomeroys to have any serious chances in making it a close game. At the end of regulation, Trine picked up their eighth victory of the season by winning 99-79.

Three Pomeroys registered in double figures, with Shaner’s team-leading 18 points and nine rebounds. Whitney Allen had one of her best games of the season, securing a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Bruce rounded out the top scorers for the Pomeroys with a strong effort, adding 13 points and a game-high six assists. 

Trine also had three players in double figures, led by Kelcey Swisher’s 20 points. Both Megan Loveberry (19 pts., 10 reb.) and Sydney Spragg (16 pts., 13 reb.) were able to secure a double-double for the Thunder. 

For the game, Trine shot 42.2% from the field in comparison to only 37.2% for SMWC. Trine was also able to win the battle on the glass in total rebounds (55-44).

The Pomeroys will return to action after the New Year’s holiday when they face USCAA foe UC-Clermont on Saturday, Jan. 5. It will be their only home contest in the month of January. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. and will take place at the Clinton Recreation Center in Clinton, Ind.