Immediate Release –Sports
November 9, 2016
Sinclair Women’s Basketball fall in home opener 66-69
The Sinclair Women’s Basketball (2-1) lost a tough game in their home opened to the Thunderhawks of Miami University-Middletown (1-1). The first quarter showed promise for the Tartan Pride. Defense was key for the ladies as they kept MUM to just 13 points. Their movement of the ball was not perfect, but looked decent. Sinclair was able to put 24 points on MUM in the first quarter. Madison Connally-Banks (6-01/FR-Fairmont H.S.) led the team in with 8 points and Nia Martin (5-04/FR, Trotwood-Madison H.S.) had 6 points.
The second quarter started was no different than the first. The Tartans had the game in their court and was not going to look back. Play was looking nice with the offense stepping up, but the defense needed to do their part. Foul trouble was starting to catch up to Sinclair in the first half of the game. The Tartans ended the first half with a leading score of 41-26. Lauren Roetgerman (5-10/FR, Minster H.S.) added 4 points in the 2nd quarter. “If we can move our feet and have better help in defense that would make my life better.” –Coach Jones
The offense for the Thunderhawks woke up after halftime. To start the third quarter, MUM went on a 16-6 run. The offense for the Tartans struggled as they were only able to score 13 points in this third quarter. Defense also was down this quarter as they allowed the Thunderhawks to score 19 points.
The fourth quarter was the deciding factor for this game. Even though Sinclair had the game where they wanted it for most of the time, the clock was not on their side. The defense had begun to shut down and looked as if they were giving the game away. A costly technical seemed to be the turning point in the game for the Tartan Pride. They allowed MUM to tie the game 58-58 and then gave them the lead at 59-60. Missed baskets and sloppy play was the downfall for the Tartans in this final quarter. The Thunderhawks made 2 late FT’s to seal the game and the victory. The final score between the Tartans and Thunderhawks was 66-69 with Sinclair coming away with the heartbreaking loss.
The Sinclair Tartans outrebounded their opponent 55-39. Nia Martin led the team with 18 points. Madison Connaly-Banks had 14 points and 11 rebounds giving her second double-double of the season. Aaryn Evans (6-00/FR, Thurgood Marshall H.S.) ended the night with 10 rebounds.
Sinclair plays home this Friday November 11 for Veteran’s Day at 5:30 PM against St. Clair County Community College.
All home games are played in Building 8 on the downtown Dayton campus.