SAINT MARY-OF-THE-WOODS, Ind. (Women's Basketball) -- In an emotional barnburner of a game, Tara Parmer held the ball for the last few second to tick of the clock and give Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (2-1) its second victory of the season. The rousing weekend contest between the Pomeroys and Blackburn College (1-2) finished in favor of SMWC with a score of 82-72.
In the first half of play, missed shots and rebounds were the Achilles heel for the Pomeroys as the team was 7 for 37 from the field and 3 of 19 from three point range. Beaver forward, Gariel Pierce, scored the last basket of the half as she sank a two pointer with 56 second left, 37-29.
To start the second half, the Pomeroys came out with a vengeance and a 19 point surge to get back into the game. With 2:18 left in the third quarter, freshman Delaney Kendall drained a three point basket to give SMWC the lead, 48-47. By the fourth quarter, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College began an offensive juggernaut that Blackburn couldn't handle. The half ended with SMWC making a last minute surge as Parmer was fouled and made both free throws to set the score and put herself in the Pomeroy basketball record book.
Tara's 27 point, nine rebound, and four assist night led the way for SMWC to snag the win and her over 1,000 career points. Parmer also went 12 for 12 at the free throw line. She reflected by saying, "It's a good feeling. I couldn't have done it without my coaches, teammates, family, and friends."
Head Coach Deanna Bradley had this to say about the newest member of the 1,000 point club, "It was great seeing Tara Parmer reach 1,000 points today."
Parmer was followed by freshman Maggie Reimer with 22 points and eight rebounds. Not to be outdone, freshman Delaney Kendell recorded 13 points, seven rebounds, and a team-high four assists. Freshman Precious Peak made her presence known in the paint with two monster blocks.
As a team, the Pomeroys were 27.9 percent from the field, 18.6 percent from three point range, and 68.4 percent from the free throw line.
For Blackburn, Gariel Pierce was the leading scorer and rebounder with 14 points and 15 boards. She was followed by Savannah Kruse with 12 points and Lauryn Jackson with 11. Maria Cline contributed nine rebounds while Jenna Dudra recorded five assists.
Collectively, the Beavers were 47.6 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from the stripe.
SMWC will be back in action on Monday, Nov. 20 as they head to Fontbonne University to open the week. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.