TERRE HAUTE — Rebounding, rebounding and more rebounding.
Rose-Hulman outrebounded visiting St. Mary-of-the-Woods by a staggering advantage of 55-20 to provide the impetus for a dominating 77-53 victory in the 15th Clabber Girl Trophy women’s college basketball game at Hulbert Arena on Monday.
The win for the Engineers was their fourth straight in this Vigo County rivalry. The Woods still leads the series 11-4, having won the first 11 games in the series which began in 1995.
“It wasn’t just the post players, the perimeter players did a nice job of blocking out and taking away second [shot] opportunities,” said Rose coach Jon Prevo of his team’s strong presence on the boards.
While Prevo was pleased with his team’s performance, the same could not be said for SMWC coach Deanna Bradley.
“Tonight we were just very apathetic, we were too tentative, too passive … we played horrible tonight,” Bradley stated. “We just didn’t have the enthusiasm, aggressiveness, the intensity, none of those things. When you let one team out-rebound you 55-20, then you’re just being lazy.
“So right now, I’m pretty irritated with my team and their lack of intensity. It isn’t about winning or losing at this point for me, it’s about performance. We’re not performing like we’re capable of doing. We’re just simply choosing not to do that.”
The first half featured a spurt by one team, a spurt by the other, etc.
Rose (6-8) jumped ahead 4-0, then the Woods (4-13) took its only lead of the game at 6-4 following back-to-back 3-pointers by Brooke Brown and Amanda Trimble.
Then the Engineers took off with a 17-2 run, the Woods came back with a 10-4 run, then Rose went on a 9-1 run for a 37-22 lead with 4:04 remaining. But the Woods finished the first half on a 9-2 run to get within 39-31.
“The last five minutes of the first half we kind of lost focus,” Prevo noted. “We lost our intensity, we kind of decided to start going for steals, lunging, going after balls instead of playing sound defense. We talked about that at halftime.
“I thought we re-focused and did what we needed to do … that was to continue to get the ball inside, to dominate the boards and just to be composed and patient.”
The Engineers re-focused to a fare-the-well in the second half, utilizing a 16-0 run to leap ahead by 28 points at 66-38 with 9:02 left in the game. With the outcome decided, Rose cleared its bench the rest of the game, allowing all 15 of its players to get in the action.
Rose was led in scoring by reserve Liz Ridgway’s 14 points, while Donna Marsh and Jill Floyd added 13 and 11 points respectively. Tharp led the individual rebounding with eight, with 14 of the 15 players getting at least one rebound. All but two of their 15 players broke into the scoring column.
“Those young ladies that finished up the ballgame work extremely hard on a daily basis,” Prevo mentioned.
For the Woods, reserve Kati Nease led their scoring with 17 points, while Brooke Brown added 16 points and seven rebounds.
The amount of depth enjoyed by the Engineers is certainly not the case for the Pomeroys, which has a roster of only eight players with just six able to compete on Monday.
Absent from the game included Northview graduate Jennifer Gregg (broken hand) and Abby McKee (strained meniscus). Brown, despite playing a game-high 38 minutes, is also hampered with a leg injury.
According to Bradley, Gregg is expected to out for another two weeks, while MRI results will be known for Brown (today) and McKee (Wednesday). Bradley said of Brown’s play, “thankfully the leg cooperated today. You never know from one minute to the next if it’s going to lock up on her.
“We just have to go back to the drawing board and get these kids to be intense and hopefully get something out of them for the remainder of the season,” Bradley summarized. “We’ll see.”
St. Mary-of-the-Woods 53
Player mi fg 3pt ft r a pf tp
Brown 38 6-13 1-3 3-7 7 3 4 16
Payne 33 2-6 0-0 3-4 3 1 3 7
Stumler 25 2-8 0-0 1-3 1 0 1 5
Hayes 35 2-6 0-2 1-2 2 5 4 5
Trimble 36 1-8 1-6 0-0 0 4 4 3
Nease 33 7-13 0-0 3-6 3 0 4 17
Totals 200 20-54 2-11 11-22 20* 13 20 53
Player mi fg 3pt ft r a pf tp
Tharp 23 3-8 1-1 1-2 8 4 0 8
Marsh 17 4-9 0-0 5-7 6 0 1 13
Floyd 21 4-5 0-0 3-4 1 2 0 11
Procter 14 1-6 0-2 4-4 4 1 3 6
Moline 18 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 2 3 0
Richardson 5 0-2 0-1 2-2 4 0 0 2
Hart 8 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0
Brisco 8 0-1 0-0 1-2 2 1 3 1
Anderson 12 1-2 0-0 2-2 2 2 1 4
Baca 6 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 4
Klass 19 0-1 0-1 0-0 4 2 1 0
Banet 14 3-5 0-0 0-0 3 2 1 6
Henke 13 3-5 0-0 0-0 3 2 1 6
Bowermaster 8 1-3 0-0 0-0 4 0 3 2
Ridgway 14 6-8 0-0 2-2 6 0 1 14
Totals 200 28-60 1-7 20-25 55* 20 20 77
Halftime score — Rose-Hulman 39, SMWC 31. FG Pct. — SMWC .370, R-H .467. 3-pt FG Pct. — SMWC .182, R-H .143. FT Pct. — SMWC .500, R-H .800. Steals — SMWC 11 (Brown 5), R-H 9 (Moline 3). Turnovers — SMWC 20, R-H 25. Blocks — SMWC 4 (Brown 4), R-H 8 (Tharp 2, Marsh 2). (*) Includes team rebounds — SMWC 4, R-H 5. Att — 720.
Next — Rose-Hulman (6-8) plays host to Robert Morris-Springfield at 6 p.m. today. St. Mary-of-the-Woods (4-13) travels to Stephens (Mo.) College on Saturday.
Engineers take care of Pomeroys 77-53
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