PETERSBURG, Va. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Pomeroy women’s basketball team had a successful run at the USCAA Division I National Championship this week, finishing second after starting as the tournament’s fifth seed.

In his second year as women’s basketball coach, Scot MacAllister said he was thrilled by the team’s effort, given their COVID-impacted season last year resulted in a record of 0-9.

The Pomeroys played their first game on Monday against Bryant & Stratton-Syracuse. They were down by 21 points at half-time, but came back to win 73-66.

Later in the championship game, SMWC took on the #3 seed in the tournament, the D’Youville College Saints, and led at halftime 31-25. They began to fade in the fourth quarter came with a tough fight and fell short to the Saints in the last few minutes of the game, losing 56-63.

The Pomeroys were led by Destiny Thomas with 10 points and five rebounds, followed by Sydney Ingram with 10 points and three rebounds. Allyson Hardiek led all players with 15 rebounds.

“Obviously it was not the outcome that we wanted but I think we preached that everybody play their hearts out and left it all out on the floor and we have no regrets. I’m just so proud of our team today,” Ingram, number 5 for the SMWC Pomeroys, said.

The Pomeroys USCAA National Championship runner up finish is a first in the College’s program history. Coach MacAllister said he was beyond proud of the team.

“I’m just really proud of them and how far they’ve come,” he said. “You always get a team and you just love them to death and you remember their names and I told them that I’d remember their names forever.”