Pomeroys stumble on the road against Oakland City, Brescia

Jan. 20, 2013

In the midst of a six-game road trip, the Pomeroy basketball team came up empty handed over the weekend, dropping back-to-back contests to Oakland City University (92-73) and Brescia University (100-74).  It was the first time this season that the Pomeroys played without senior and leading scorer Brittney Shaner who went down with a career-ending knee injury in her last game against Lindenwood-Belleville.    

Oakland City 92 SMWC 73

In the second meeting between the two schools this season, the Pomeroys took on the Mighty Oaks of Oakland City University on Friday night.  Oakland City had won the previous contest against the Pomeroys (100-80) at the IU-Southeast tournament on November 17. 

In the opening moments of the game, Chelsea Weaver hit a three-pointer to give the Pomeroys an early 3-0 lead.  However, this would be the only lead of the entire game for SMWC.  With the game tied at seven early on, the Mighty Oaks went on an 11-0 run and never looked back.  Shooting 52% from the field in the first half and hitting eight three-point shots, Oakland City led comfortably at the half 61-24. 

In the second half, the Pomeroys were able to clamp down defensively, holding hot-shooting Oakland City to only 31 second half points and 34% from the field.  The Pomeroys were remarkably better in the second stanza, doubling their scoring output from the first half with 49 points and improving to 47% shooting.  SMWC was also more aggressive towards the basket, getting to the foul line seven times compared to only one trip for the Mighty Oaks. 

For the game, Oakland City shot 44% from the field, hitting 12 three-point shots from beyond the arc.  SMWC shot 36% from the field and drained nine three-point shots.  Oakland City also won the battle of the boards, corralling 51 total rebounds in comparison to only 45 for SMWC.  The Mighty Oaks were also able to score 16 points off 19 Pomeroy turnovers. 

Whitney Allen led the Pomeroys with a game-high 27 points.  She was 7-for-18 from the floor, shooting 5-of-9 from beyond the arc.  This is the second game in-a-row where Allen has scored at least 20 or more points.  Weaver had a strong game, scoring 21 points and securing nine rebounds.  Brandi McDaniel posted a double-double, adding 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.  Kristina Bruce also finished with a game-high five steals.

Oakland City was led in scoring by Rachel Moore, who earned a double-double performance with 21 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.  Lyndi Tedder (18 pts.) and Hailey Menke (16 pts.) also finished in double figures for Oakland City.

The Mighty Oaks improve their record to 9-8 on the season, while the Pomeroys fall to 5-13.

Brescia 100 SMWC 74

After their game with Oakland City, the Pomeroy basketball team made the short trip to Owensboro, Ky. and took on the Lady Bearcats of Brescia University on Saturday night.  Similar to their previous game, the Pomeroys got off to a slow start and found themselves behind for most of the game.

In the first half, Brescia was able to shoot 44% from the field, hitting 7-of-21 three-point shots in comparison to only 32% shooting and 3-of-12 from behind the arc for the Pomeroys.  The halftime score showed the hosts with a comfortable 50-32 lead.

In the second half, the Pomeroys were able to shoot better from three-point range (7-of-14), but remained the same in field goal percentage (33%).  SMWC was able to shoot 73% from the charity stripe, making 11-of-15 attempts.  For the Lady Bearcats, they were able to match their point total from the first half (50) and improved their field goal shooting to 51%.  Brescia was 6-of-11 from behind the arc, giving them a total of 13 three-point baskets for the game.  Brescia also won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Pomeroys 51-36.  At the final buzzer, the score read 100-74 in favor of the home side.

For the first time this season, Kristina Bruce led the Pomeroys in scoring.  The freshman point guard scored a season- and career high 22 points, and recorded eight rebounds and three assists.  Brandi McDaniel had a solid outing, scoring 16 pounds and securing seven rebounds.  Whitney Allen (13 pts.) and Alaura McKemie (11 pts.) were the only two other Pomeroy players who scored in double figures.  Recovering from injuries, the Pomeroys were still without the services of Mikayla Methany and Sierra Lopez.    

The Lady Bearcats were led by Julie Whitfill’s 31 point performance.  Seven of her ten field goals were from three-point range.  Four other Lady Bearcat players scored in double figures.  Holly Simons had 20 points, Kaylyn Cecill and Olivia Moore each had 13, and Jill Jones added 10.

Brescia improves their record to 11-7 while the Pomeroys drop to 5-14 on the season.    

The Pomeroy’s next game will take place in Gary, Ind. when they take on Indiana University-Northwest.  Game time is scheduled for a 4 p.m. (EST) start.