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Lions' women's basketball posts first win of the season with a 72-62 home victory over Earlham College

Saturday, December 01, 2012
by Dane Neumeister

Freshman guard Heidi McManus (Bethel, OH/Williamsburg) fired in a game-high 19 points to lead four Mount players in double-figures as the Lions collected their first win of the 2012-2013 season on Saturday afternoon, 72-62 over Earlham College in the Harrington Center.

The Mount jumped out to a 38-30 lead at the intermission, thanks to shooting 62 percent in the first half while holding the visiting Quakers to 38 percent shooting, including zero-for-seven from behind the three-point arc. McManus led the first half charge for the Lions, tossing in 12 points. Eight Mount players in all scored in the first half.

The Lions maintained their advantage throughout the first 5 1/2 minutes of the second half, when Earlham tied the game at 46-all with 14:38 left in the game. The Mount then went on a 18-5 scoring run over the next 7 1/2 minutes to take a 64-51 lead. Freshman guard Chelsea Castleberry (Hebron, Ky/Coner), among others, helped spark the run, as the Lions utilized a strong inside and outside attack. The Lions would improve their lead to 14 points - with 6:22 to play - and saw their lead chiseled down to only six points - with 1:18 to play - en route to a win in the season-opening HCAC contest for both teams.

McManus added a team-high eight reboulds and four steals while Madie Long (Columbus, OH/Hilliard Davidson) and Castleberry finished with 10 points each. Brooke Mosler (Maysville, Ky/St. Patrick's) chipped in 14 points. The Mount forced 22 turnovers while committing 18 miscues. Earlham won the rebounding battle, 48-36, but were held to 38 percent shooting from the field, while the Lions connected on 48 percent from the field. The Quakers were also zero-for-13 from three-point range.

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