Lions overcome tough first quarter to narrowly defeat Wittenberg

Lions overcome tough first quarter to narrowly defeat Wittenberg

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Mount St. Joseph University hosted the Tigers of Wittenberg University to open their 2018-19 home slate on Wednesday. The Mount came away with a hard fought come from behind victory, overcoming a 21-7 deficit at the end of the first quarter to defeat the Tigers 68-63.

The first quarter was dominated by the Tigers especially on the glass, where they outrebounded the Lions 12-2. Which led to the Tiger registering 20 field goal attempts to the Lions only 11. Leading to The Mount facing a 14-point uphill climb the rest of the game.

In quarter number two the Lions began their charge to get back into the game. They outscored Wittenberg 26-17 in the second quarter to cut their halftime deficit to only five points. The Mount was much better on the backboards in quarter number two only being outrebounded by one. The star of the second quarter was Brooklynn Sturwold (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mercy) who was 3-for-3 from the field including a pair of 3-pointers.

The Lions came out of the halftime break still trailing the Tigers, but with a renewed energy because of the late second quarter run. They turned up the defensive intensity, speeding up the game with their full court man-to-man defense. This led to 11 second half turnovers by the Tigers. The Lions would outscore the 35-25 over the final 20 minutes of play.

Lainee Studer (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) led the way defensively for the Lions securing six steals, she also added 7 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Aliyah Huff (Cincinnati, Ohio/Roger Bacon) led the Lions in scoring in the game with 14 points, adding 3 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Maddie Haberthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mercy) struggled from the field going just 2-for-12, but she did an exceptional job of attacking the rim, getting herself to the free throw line 7-times where she made all of her attempts. The team also got a big boost from its bench as Mackenzie Marcum (Mason, Ohio/Kings) and Alehia Tucker (Covington, Ky./Holy Cross) pitched in a combined 22 points and 8 boards.

The Lions next game will be Saturday, December 1st at 3:00PM at Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana. Continue to check MSJSports.com for more updates on the Lions 18-19 season!