December 15, 2011
DURANT, Okla. – Taking its newfound chemistry on the road, St. Mary’s found flare a state away in a double-digit triumph against Southeastern Oklahoma State on Thursday night.
Learning how to make their way with a cast of new players, the Lady Rattlers (3-9) have trekked past their early-season jitters by putting together their first winning streak of the season following an impressive 68-48 victory over Southeastern Oklahoma State.
Marketing their third win of the season, the Rattlers’ 20-point victory over the Storm (4-4) gave them their biggest victory this season, as well as their biggest comeback. Down 29-25 by the half, St. Mary’s realized it was time to channel its last victory and came back strong and determined in the second half, lighting up the scoreboard with a 51.1 field-goal percentage.
Hitting 4 of 7 shots from the floor, Bria Bell (So., Mesquite, Texas) had her time to shine in Thursday’s game as the leading scorer with 13 points off the bench in just 14 minutes on the court. Not far behind, freshman post Morgan Pullins (Franklin, Mich.) – who has consistently lit it up for the Rattlers and was coming off a 22-point, 16-rebound performance against East Central – had 12 points and five rebounds.
Senior guard DeAnna Patterson (Converse, Texas) shot 50 percent from behind the arc and 100 percent from the foul line for a total of 11 points on the night. Meanwhile, Kathryn Galindo (So., San Antonio) came off the bench ready to score, adding nine points for her season high.
The victory came on the heels of a home win over East Central, putting far into the distance the Lady Rattlers’ six-game losing streak from earlier this season.
Now that they’re jelling, the Rattlers hope to keep it going as they continue on the road against Harding University in Searcy, Ark., at 1 p.m. Sunday.