Pomeroys win second straight on Senior Day

Feb. 8, 2014

Clinton, Ind. – Five Pomeroys scored in double figures as the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College basketball team won their second straight game on Senior Day with an 89-82 victory over UC-Clermont on Saturday afternoon. 

The game was close throughout as both teams would exchange leads in the first half.  However, it was the Pomeroys who would go into the half with a 51-44 advantage. 

In the second half, UC-Clermont would regain the lead in the early stages of the half before the Pomeroys would respond and eventually hold off the Cougars late with the win. 

SMWC was led by senior Hailee Rittinger who scored a season-high 17 points as she shot 5-from-8 from behind the three-point line.  She also finished with seven rebounds and two blocked shots.  Alaura McKemie shot well from the field (6-for-10) and finished with 15 points and a game-high five assists.  Senior Chelsea Weaver tallied 12 points on the afternoon, including seven rebounds and three assists.  Na-Shaunda Rayford (11 pts.) and Mikayla Kinneer (10 pts.) also scored in double figures for SMWC.   Senior Madeline Pea was one point shy from a double figure performance and finished with nine points and three steals. 

UC-Clermont was led by Stacie Lee who scored a game-high 28 points and earned herself a double-double with her game-high 17 rebounds.  Three other Cougars scored in double figures including Maggie Malone who finished with 16 points.

Statistically, both teams were very similar from the field.  For the game, SMWC shot 48% (34-of-71) from the field compared to UC-Clermont who shot 45% (35-of-78).  SMWC outshot the Cougars from the arc, hitting a total of 15 three-point shots as UC-Clermont only made three.   SMWC also had the advantage in steals (15-11) and assists (20-8).

At the conclusion of the game, seniors Chelsea Weaver, Madeline Pea, and Hailee Rittinger 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 the seniors by some of the Pomeroy players as the ceremonies concluded. 

With the win, the Pomeroys improve to 8-12 on the season.  UC-Clermont drops to 17-10.  The Pomeroys will play its next game on the road when they travel to Oakland City, Ind. in a matchup with Oakland City University.  This will mark the second meeting between the two schools with Oakland City winning the first matchup 102-98 back on Jan. 23.  The game will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 11 and is scheduled for a 12 p.m. (EST) start.