CINCINNATI, Ohio- The Mount St. Joseph's Women's Basketball team has finished yet another season. This year has been an outstanding year for the Lions as they have been able to finish with one of the best overall and conference records they have had in the past couple years. Last year, the Lions finished the season with a record of (2-23, HCAC 1-17) and ended the regular season in last place in the conference. The Mount has come a long way since then, as they were able to finish this year with a record of (10-16, HCAC 6-12). This allowed them to finish the regular season in sixth place in the HCAC, which earned them a spot in the conference tournament. The team fell short to the Beavers of Bluffton in the first round, but it is extremely amazing how they have been able to turn the program around in just one year.
The Lions were lead this season by head coach Dan Benjamin who has finished his sixth season at the Mount. The team was able to turn the program around with help from an impressive freshman class that was able to fill the roles they were missing last year. Maddie Haberthy (Cincinnati, OH/ Mother of Mercy) made a huge impact for the Lions the entire season. She finished third in the conference scoring 14.6 points per game and totaled 350 points on the season. Other freshman that were able to make a huge impact include Alehia Tucker (Covington, KY/ Holy Cross), Aliyah Huff (Cincinnati, OH/ Roger Bacon), and Mackenzie Marcum (Mason, OH/ Kings).
The team was also led by some upper classmen. Lainee Studer (Pleasant Plain, OH/ Little Miami) was able to put together a fantastic junior season as she finished sixth in the conference in total points with 333 and tenth in the conference in points per game with 12.8. Her leadership and experience showed to be very helpful in teaching the young players about the game.
The team looks to continue getting better each year and will return a lot of players from this 2017-18 season with more experience.