Women’s tourney hopes fading fast

13 Feb , 2013  

The UVa-Wise women’s basketball team has found itself in the tough position of having to win all of their remaining games to punch a ticket to the Mid-South Conference Tournament after losing two away games last week.

The Cavs traveled to St. Catharine, Ky., on Feb. 7 to take on the NAIA-ranked St. Catharine College Patriots, which the Cavs beat earlier in the season.

In the first road match-up against the Patriots, both teams exchanged leads throughout the game and the Cavs trailed 38-30 going into halftime.

The Patriots came out in the second half firing on all cylinders, and built a 19-point lead.

The Cavs cut the lead down several times, but were unable to get it down to single digits in the final minutes.

Cavs senior duo Charlotte Reasor and Christine Nyobe both had a stat line of 16 points, four rebounds and two steals. No other Cav scored in double-digits in the game. The Patriots were led by senior forward Janae Howard who poured in a game-high 26 points.

On Feb. 9, the Cavs traveled to take on the No. 13 Georgetown College Tigers in a key Conference match-up. The Cavs almost upset the Tigers earlier in 2013, but came up two points short. This time, the Cavs trailed the Tigers 32-30 at halftime, but the second half saw the Tigers pull away.

Georgetown placed five in double-figures and used a 51-33 advantage on the boards to take a 73-63 win over the Cavs.

Freshman guard Makenzie Cluesman led all scorers with 18 points and sophomore guard Katie Jo Lester poured in 12 points for the Cavs.

With the two losses, the Cavs are now two games behind Lindsey Wilson for the eighth and the final Mid-South Conference Tournament berth.

The Cavs will be back in action tomorrow against Campbellsville University with a 6 p.m. start in their annual “Play 4 Kay” game that honors breast cancer survivors, raises awareness about the disease and accepts donations to go toward finding a cure.

On Saturday, the Cavs take on Lindsey Wilson College in a conference match-up that could decide the final spot in the tournament. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.

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