Lions' women's basketball suffers opening game loss at Wittenberg University Tournament

Lions' women's basketball suffers opening game loss at Wittenberg University Tournament

Host Wittenberg University took an eight-point halftime lead and pushed out its advantage to 13 points eight minutes into the second half on Monday afternoon, as they out-shot and out-rebounded the Mount in an 84-61 win in the Charles B. Zimmerman Memorial Classic. The Lions slip to 3-6 with the loss, while Wittenberg goes to 8-3 on the season. The Mount returns to action in the Classic on Dec. 30 when they take on City College of New York (2-8).

The Tigers jumped out to a 13-0 run in the first four minutes to start the game against the Lions. The Mount got on the scoreboard at the 15:34 mark, when Danielle Rohrbach (Tiffin, OH/Hopewell-Loudon) converted two free throws. Witttenberg would propel the lead to double-digits, 20-10, by the 11:51 mark, as they capitalized on Mount miscues and controlled the boards. The Lions, however, cut the deficit to four points, at 29-24 with 4:04 left in the half, when Brilyn Webb (Oxford, OH/Talawanda) hit a three-point shot. Wittenberg went on a 7-1 run over the next two minutes to lead, however, 36-25. They held a 41-33 edge at the break, thanks to a 25-15 rebounding edge, and forcing nine Mount turnovers. Webb led the Mount with 11 points in the first half, while teammate Tara Dennis (Batavia, OH/Williamsburg) had 10 points and five rebounds.

The second half would go much the same way for both teams, as the host Tigers bolted out to a 15-point lead, at the 12:42 mark. The Lions would knock the deficit down just once under 10 points in the second half, when Taylor Brown (Peebles, OH/Peebles) fired in a jumper in the paint with 10:19 remaining in the game, making the score 59-50. Wittenberg would regroup, however, and hold the Mount scoreless until Dennis made two free throws at 7:45, making the score 66-52. The Tigers largest lead of the second half was 26 points, as they shot 50 percent in the second half while limiting the Mount to 35 percent shooting from the field. Wittenberg also made six, three-pointers in the second half of action.

Dennis led the Mount with a team-high 18 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while Webb chipped in 15 points. Erica Walsh (Louisville, KY/Sacred Heart Academy) added eight points.