St. Philip’s unable to stick to game plan.
By Carlos Ferrand
Low percentage shots gave the University of Incarnate Word women’s team an easy victory over St. Philip’s College Lady Tigers 66-47 Wednesday in the health and fitness center at St. Philip’s.
From opening tip-off, the Lady Cardinals seemed to have the answer to defeating the Lady Tigers.
With each possession, the Lady Cardinals would pass the ball around the perimeter, forcing the Lady Tigers’ defense out of the paint and opening the inside for easy baskets.
The biggest advantage of clearing the paint was a nearly empty post for Incarnate Word to rebound.
Incarnate Word center Joelisse Galarza dominated under the basket, snatching more than eight rebounds in the first half.
Galarza accounted for most of the Lady Cardinals’ defensive rebounds.
On offense, Incarnate Word guard Kelley Moreno wasted no time getting to the basket, scoring 18 points in the first half.
Despite Moreno’s individual effort, she said the key to victory was a team effort.
“No selfishness,” she said.
Moreno finished with 22 points.
“We got away from the game plan,” St. Philip’s coach Elwood O. Plummer said. “The plan was to go inside because they couldn’t defend our post.”
Plummer said the team got off the game plan by taking too many outside shots.
“We made one or two, but we missed quiet a bit,” he said. “We also got a little fatigued in the end.”
One bright spot for St. Philip’s was business sophomore Toni Barnes, who finished with 14 points and more than eight rebounds.
St. Philip’s fell to 0-8 for the season.
The Lady Tigers will take on the Lady Palominos of Palo Alto College at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the wellness gym at Palo Alto.