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Mount women's basketball team drops home game to Marietta College, 59-44

Saturday, November 17, 2012
by Dane Neumeister

The College of Mount St. Joseph women's basketball team slipped to 0-2 on the season tonight after suffering a 59-44 setback to Marietta College in their second and final game of the MSJ Tip-Off Classic. The Mount is back in action on Nov. 20 when they host Denison University.

Marietta jumped out to a 25-16 lead at the intermission, as neither team was able to find its accuracy throughout the first half. The Lions were six-of-19 from the field in the opening half, while the Pioneers connected on just nine-of-34 field goal attempts. Marietta out-rebounded the Mount, 25-19 in the first half and forced 13 Lions' miscues while committing nine turnovers. Marietta also made four, first half three-pointers while the Mount was zero-for-five from long range in the opening half.

The Mount cut the deficit to four points early in the second half, but could get no closer as Marietta went on an 11-0 run to lead, 38-23 with 13:37 left in the game. Alex Donald (Litchfield, ME/Oak Hill) hit a free throw with 6:39 on the clock, to cut the Marietta lead to 45-36 before the visiting Pioneers took back control of the game en route to the win.

The Pioneers were particularly effective scoring off Mount turnovers, and with their bench scoring key points. Three different Marietta players scored in double figures in the game, while the Lions were led offensively by Heidi McManus (Bethel, OH/Williamsburg), who scored 12 points and had six rebounds. and teammate Rachel Blevins (Middletown, OH/Madison), who added 10 points and eight rebounds. Both teams shot 36 percent from the field, while Marietta held a 44-32 edge in rebounds. The Mount committed 26 turnovers and forced 18 Marietta mistakes.

McManus was named to the All-Classic team as was Marietta's Heather Booth. Others named to the All-Classic team were: Megan Miller (Heidelberg) and Brett deBear (Albion). Heidelberg's Paige Ricketts was All-Classic MVP. Heidelberg and Marietta were 2-0 in the two-day Classic, while the Mount and Albion were each 0-2.

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