SSU Sports Release
Shawnee State Women’s basketball pulled away early, and never looked back Saturday afternoon against St. Catharine as the Bears snapped a three-game conference skid with an 82-52 victory on their home court.
The Bears (9-9, 2-5 MSC) used a strong defensive effort to go up 34-16 at the half before cruising to the 30-point win against the Patriots (3-11, 1-7 MSC).
Four players finished in double figures for the Bears, led by Alannah Sheets’ 19 points. Diane Abbady also recorded her conference-leading seventh double-double with 18 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Ali Zieverink added 12 points in the win while Priscila Santos scored 10 points off the bench.
The Bears never trailed in the contest. Holding a 9-6 edge in the early going, Shawnee State wasted no time distancing itself from St. Catharine. After a St. Catharine three with 14:19 left in the opening half to get within those three points, the Bears did not allow the Patriots another point for the next 8:29 of playing time.
Shawnee State’s defense limited St. Catharine to just 5-of-33 shooting (15 percent) from the field in the opening half and just four shots total at the free throw line. During that same half, the Bears shot 35 percent from the field, while Abbady already had her double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds halfway through the game.
Both squads improved their shooting in the second half as the Bears went 17-of-29 (59 percent) from the field in the second half. This included making five of six 3-point field goals over the final 20 minutes. The Patriots went 13-of-32 (40 percent) from the field in the second half but finished with just under a 28 percent shooting mark for the game.
On the boards, Shawnee State finished with a 53-43 edge in rebounding. In addition to the 15 rebounds from Abbady, Tabby McKinney added 11 rebounds as she got the starting nod. Zieverink also had eight rebounds while Sheets had seven boards. The Bears also came up with 11 steals, featuring three apiece from both Abby Feuchter and McKinney. Sheets also blocked two shots while also recording a pair of steals.
SSU Women’s basketball will head back on the road next Weekend as it makes the trip to Bluefield and Pikeville on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Those two contests will be the final two teams in the Mid-South Conference that the Bears have yet to see this season. Thursday’s game at Bluefield will start at 6 p.m. while the Saturday meeting with Pikeville is slated for a 2 p.m. start.