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Lions' women's basketball team suffers a 59-49 home setback to Denison University

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
by Dane Neumeister

The College of Mount St. Joseph women's basketball team trailed by 12 points at the half, and despite a strong second half comeback attempt, fell at home to Denison University on Tuesday night, 59-49. The Lions, 0-3 on the season, return to action on Nov. 28 when they host Wilmington College.

The Mount trailed the Big Red by a 23-11 margin at the intermission, due in part to shooting only 18 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes of play. Madie Long (Columbus, OH/Hillard Davidson) connected on a three-point field goal early in the second half, to cut the deficit to seven points, 23-16, but that would be the closest the Lions would get the rest of the way. They did, however, cut the Denison advantage to eight points twice in the second half, the last with five minutes to play when Long hit another three-pointer to make the score 49-41. The Lions converted four-of-six free throws down the stretch only to see the Big Red pull out their second win of the season in three games.

Long led the Mount with 14 points while Chelsea Castleberry (Hebron, KY/Conner) added 13 points. Heidi McManus (Bethel, OH/Williamsburg) had a team-high six rebounds. The Mount was out-shot from the field, 42 to 29 percent, but connected on 17-of-23 free throws. Denison held a 37-33 advantage on the boards. The Lions committed 18 turnovers while Denison suffered 15 miscues.

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