Uniontown, Pennsylvania- The Lady Warriors faced off today, March 10, against University of Cincinnati- Clermont in the third place game at the USCAA National Championships. Rochester College fell to the cougars 64-50.
Sam Tomaschko (Romeo, MI./ Romeo) led all scorers with 21 points, 19 of which were in the second half, and 5 rebounds. Lexy Newsome (Rochester Hills, MI./ Adams) finished with 11 points and 3 assists. Ke'ala Ka'aikala (Stanton, MI./ Lakeview) led Rochester College with 7 rebounds to along with her 6 points. The Lady Warriors shot 25% from the field, and 81.3% from the free throw line.
Stacie Lee led the Cougars of UC- Clermont with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Ashley Keith added 12 more points and 7 boards. Rachel Mullins finished with 9 points.
Lexy Newsom controlled the opening tip for Rochester College, but it was Stacie Lee of UC- Clermont that opened the scoring with a lay-in in the paint. The Lady Warriors shooting struggles from yesterday, March 9, continued, starting 0-3 from the field. Lee put the Cougars up 4-0 with an 8-foot jumper in the lane.
Portia Cochrum dialed up a three ball seconds later to extend the lead to 7. Rochester College couldn't find their offense, with Lexy Newsom turning it over on a pass into the low block to Sam Tomaschko.
Ke'ala started the scoring for Rochester College at the 15:24 mark, making it an 8-2 ball game. Jazzmone Russell (Hurricane, WV./ Hurricane) cut the deficit to three after hitting a three-pointer from the right corner. The quick run for the Lady Warriors was ended though with a bucket from Ashley Keith.
Rachel Mullins doubled up the Lady Warriors score with an open shot from Tess Jenike, putting Rochester College down 14-7 with 11:31 remaining in the first-half.
Later, down three, Coach Eric Sims ordered up full court pressure that led to a steal by Ke'ala. She was fouled on the shot attempt, and converted on both free throws to bring the Lady Warriors within 1.
UC- Clermont went on a quick 8-0 run though, that was ended when Russell cashed in on two free throws making it 22-15 with 4:52 left in the half. Rochester College went on a quick 4-0 spurt of their own with a fast break finish by Lexy Newsom and two in the paint by Tomashcko. Rochester College went into the locker room down 32-23.
At the half, Lexy Newsome and Ke'ala led the Lady Warriors with 6 points each. Ke'ala led the team with 4 rebounds. Tomashcko was held to 2 points and 1 rebound. Rochester College's cold streak shooting continued, only shooting 19% from the floor, and 8% from three. 10 of the Lady Warrior's 23 points came from the foul line.
Lee led all scorers with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Keith and Mullins added 6 points each. Stutz ended the first half with 4 points and 5 rebounds. The Cougars shot 50% from the field and from the three-point line.
To start the second-half, Tomaschko missed a 15-footer, that was taken down the floor by UC- Clermont and led to a Lee bucket. Whitney Newsom (Rochester Hills, MI./ Adams) put up a three ball from the corner that missed long, extending the shooting woes for Rochester College.
Tomaschko tallied the Lady Warriors first points of half, hitting a jumper with 17:32 remaining in the game. Whitney Newsom brought Rochester College within 10 points, dialing up a three-pointer from Russell.
Sloppy ball control and bad passes by the Lady Warrior frontcourt led to run by UC– Clermont. Rochester College committed 8 turnovers in the second half.
With 14 minutes left if the game, Tomaschko and Lexy Newsome accounted for a quick 5 points, bringing the score back within 7, 40-33.
Lee, the Cougar's leading scorer, picked up her fourth personal foul with under 10 minutes to go. Tomashcko hit a quick three-pointer following the call, cutting the deficit to 9. Under 5 minutes remaining, Tomaschko hit another deep ball to bring the score to 52-44.
Lee ended the run by Rochester College with 2 of her 19 to put UC-Clermont back up 11. As the final minute and a half ticked away, the Lady Warriors were forced to foul, sending the Cougars to the foul line in double bonus. UC- Clermont was able to ice the game at the charity stripe, defeating Rochester College 64-50.
Senior Abby Schlaegel (Port Huron, MI./ St. Clair CC) received a standing ovation from the Rochester College faithful, as she was subbed out with 42.2 seconds left. Coach Eric Sims gave fellow senior Liz Stockwell (Moline, IL./ Moline), who was injured the majority of the season, the chance to play in her final collegiate game, subbing her in with 14.1 seconds remaining.
Rochester College finished the season 22-15, and finished the tournament in fourth.