Rams Close Strong to Down St. Catharine
Ashley White and Teqa McNeal scored the Rams' final 13 points Thursday evening to lead Bluefield to victory, 71-68, over St. Catharine.
February 14, 2013
St. Catharine had a pair of late three-point attempts to tie the game Thursday evening, but the Bluefield College women’s basketball team held on for the tight 71-68 road victory in St. Catharine, Ky. With the win, the Rams sweep the season series versus St. Catharine.
The win secures a winning season for Coach M.J. Baker’s squad, as the team is now 15-10 overall and 8-9 in Mid-South Conference contests. The Patriots’ record drops to 18-8, 10-7 MSC.
Bluefield used a balanced scoring attack to knock off St. Catharine, who had received votes in the latest NAIA national poll. Senior Ashley White tallied 19 points to lead the way, with teammate Teqa McNeal following close behind with 17. The tandem combined for the Rams’ final 13 points on the night to overcome a slight four point deficit late in the game.
Monique Robson added 16 points and a team high 11 rebounds for the victorious Rams, while Janee Simmons notched her 10th double-double of the season, chipping in 10 points and 10 rebounds.
St. Catharine also had four players score double-figures. Janae Howard paced the Patriots’ offense with 23 points, followed by Machera Calhoun with 18. The two players combined to shoot 26 free-throws on the night, but only cashed in on 11 of their 26 attempts (42.3%). Reilly Poirier and Rianne Hofstraat rounded out the top scorers with 15 and 12, respectively.
The homestanding Patriots scored the first basket of the evening and held a lead of six points on multiple occasions, but the Rams mounted a charge to claim their first advantage with 8:10 remaining in the half.
Down six points at the 9:43 mark, Robson scored a basket and a pair of free throws, while Pip Pattison pushed the Rams ahead, 20-19, with a three-pointer. A bucket from McNeal and a three-point play from Robson extended the Rams’ run to 12-0 and gave the visitors a 25-19 lead with 6:44 to play before the half.
Bluefield led by seven points multiple times during the final minutes of the first half, but a pair of Patriots baskets left the Rams up just three at intermission.
The Rams upped their lead early in the second half and extended their advantage to 11 points on three different occasions, before St. Catharine responded with a run of its own.
A Simmons basket with 9:50 remaining put the Rams up nine points, but the Patriots answered with a 16-3 stretch, to take a four-point lead with 5:23 remaining in the game.
However, the Rams locked down over the final several minutes of play while chiming back with a 13-6 run en route to the 71-68 road victory. White and McNeal combined for all 13 of the Rams’ final points.
St. Catharine attempted a pair three-point attempts as the clock wound down, with one shot being blocked by Maryah Mazyck and the final shot missing target.
The Rams picked up the victory despite being outrebounded 52-46. St. Catharine grabbed 24 offensive rebounds alone on the night.
Bluefield shot 27-for-65 (41.5%) from the floor, outperforming the Patriots’ 23-for-71 (32.4%). The Rams were also strong from the line, shooting 14-for-19 (73.7%), while St. Catharine struggled from the charity stripe, going 16-for-33 (48.5%).
The Rams conclude their regular-season road schedule on Saturday afternoon when they face Georgetown at 2 p.m.