Uniontown, Pennsylvania- The Lady Warriors fell to Selma University today, March 9, 47-36. Sam Tomaschko (Romeo, MI./ Romeo) led Rochester College with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 blocks.
Off the opening tip, Selma took control of the ball, but it was Ka'imana Ka'aikala's (Stanton, MI./ Lakeview) defense that sparked the Warriors early. Tomaschko got 3 early blocks in the first two and half minutes of play.
With 5 minutes off the clock in the half, the Lady Warriors trailed 2-1, their only point coming from Abby Schlaegel (Port Huron, MI./ St. Clair CC) at the foul line. Both teams played great interior defense to start, with only 1 made field between the two teams at the 14:07 mark.
Jamia Whiting broke the ice with a deep three to put the Bulldogs up 5-1. Coach Eric Sims saw enough after a Ke'ala Ka'aikala (Stanton, MI./ Lakeview) turnover, and called his first full timeout to talk things over. Out of the timeout, Rochester College was unable to remove the lid from the hoop, with misses from Lexy Newsom (Rochester Hills, MI./ Adams), Jazzmone Russell (Hurricane, WV./ Hurricane), and Tomaschko from deep.
Treasure Baker extended the Lady Bulldogs lead with a lay-in under the hoop from Brittney Skipper. With the score 8-1, Selma's Baker muscled another lay-up over Tomaschko for a 7-0 Bulldog run.
Tomaschko finally made field goal for Rochester College, hitting a 15 footer from the elbow with 5:33 left in the half. Whitney Newsom cut further into the Lady Bulldogs lead converting both free throws of a one and one.
Baker ended the spurt by Rochester College with a 5 foot turnaround in the lane to go up 11-5. Ka'imana quickly responded for the Lady Warriors though, cashing in on the long ball, making it a 3-point ball game.
With two minutes in the half, Henley started a 6-0 run for Selma, taking it coast to coast. Marquita McMurray kept the momentum on the Lady Bulldog's side, making a steal and finishing on the fast break, making it 18-8. Henley then dialed in from distance to give Selma their largest lead of the half at 12.
Ke'ala ended the 9-0 run with a pretty reverse lay-in after following her own miss to go into the locker room down 20-10.
Ka'imana led Rochester College with 3 points in the first-half. Lexy Newsom had 4 rebounds to go with 2 steals. Tomaschko had 3 boards and was held to 2 points in the first twenty minutes. The Lady Warriors shot 8% from the field and 7% from deep in the half.
Baker led all scorers with 9 points and 9 rebounds in the first-half. Henley ended the first twenty with 4 points and 7 boards. Selma shot 30% from the floor and 33% from three-point.
Out of the locker room, Tomaschko continued her intimidating low post defense, getting her fourth block of the game. On the ensuing possession, Ka'imana took it strong to the hoop and drew the foul. She converted 1 of 2 from the foul line for the half's first points.
Baker got the scoring going for the Lady Bulldogs, making two free throws to put Selma up 22-11. Coach Eric Sims called for time after a put back by Baker to make the deficit 13.
Tomaschko came out of the timeout with a sweet baby hook in the paint to cut the lead back to 11 with 16:02 remaining in the game. Whiting made a three-pointer for Selma though to oust any chance of a Warrior run. Crytal Turk continued the Lady Bulldog's momentum with a three-pointer with 11:32 left in the half to put Selma up 18.
Rochester College's shooting woes did not change in the second half, only scoring 6 points in the first 12 minutes. Tomaschko led Rochester College with 9 points after hitting a three-pointer with 7:17 remaining.
Whitney Newsom (Rochester Hills, MI./ Adams) sparked a 6-0 Lady Warrior run with a three of her own from the left corner, cutting Selma's lead down to 14. With 5:22 remaining, Ke'ala slashed into the lane to finish with a leaner and the foul. She made the free throw to complete the three-point play, bringing Rochester College within 11. Ka'imana found her sister Ke'ala down low the following position to bring the Lady Warriors back within single digits, 40-31.
With 4:11 left, Ka'imana converted 3 of 3 foul shots after getting fouled from behind the arc. Down 41-34, Rochester college forced another Selma turnover, just one of their 19 team turnovers for the game.
Rochester College had to begin fouling at the 1:01 mark, sending McMurray to the line for a one and one. She made both free throws. Baker iced the game for the Lady Bulldogs hitting two free throws to make it a 46-36 ball game.
Selma University defeated the Lady Warriors by a final score of 47-36. Rochester College never led at any time, and trailed by 20 at one point.
Tomaschko led the Lady Warriors with 11 points and 10 rebounds. She had a game high 6 blocks. Ke'ala contributed 9 points and 9 rebounds. Ka'imana finished with 7 points and 7 boards. Rochester College shot 14.7% as a team from the floor, and only 9% from beyond the arc.
Baker led all scorers with 17 points and 17 rebounds. McMurray added 10 points and 5 boards to the Lady Bulldog's cause. Henley finished with 8 points and 11 rebounds. Selma shot 29% from the floor, and 43% from three-point.
The Lady Warriors will play University of Cincinnati- Clermont tomorrow, March 10, at 1:45PM in the third place game.
For stats from today's game, follow the link: http://theuscaa.com/sports/wbkb/boxscores/20120309_8zgm.xml