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Mount women's basketball clips HCAC-foe Bluffton University in closing seconds in a 48-47 win

Thursday, December 06, 2012
by Dane Neumeister

Freshman guard Madie Long (Columbus, OH/Hilliard Davidson) fired in a baseline jump shot with 16 seconds to play helping the Lions to a 48-47 home win in HCAC action over Bluffton University on Wednesday evening. The Mount, 2-0 in the conference, and 2-4 overall, will be back in action on Dec. 8 when they host a conference game against Anderson University.

The Mount jumped out to a 31-26 lead at the intermission against the Beavers, as both teams turned the ball over 12 times each in the first half. The Lions gained the five-point advantage at the half thanks in part to holding the visitors to 36 percent shooting while connecting on 52 percent from the field. Tara Dennis (Batavia, OH/Williamsburg) led the first half charge for the Lions, scoring 12 points.

Bluffton tied the score at 31-all early in the second half, after a free throw, but the Lions took control of the game again throughout the second 20 minutes of action, as they parlayed a strong inside attack againt the Beavers. The Lions led by as many as eight points in the second half, before Bluffton began to whittle down the deficit. The Beavers tied the game again at 45-all with 1:45 after a layup, but the Lions grabbed back the advantage on their next possession when Melanie Monahan (Mason, OH/Bishop Fenwick) hit the first of two free throws to make the score, 46-45 with 1:17 remaining in the game. Bluffton grabbed the lead, 47-46, with 56 sesconds to play after a lay-up off an out-of-bounds pass. After a missed shot on the Lions next possession, and a mised one-and-one free throw attempt by Bluffton, Monahan worked the ball around the perimeter finding Long, who connected on the go-ahead shot with 16 seconds left in the game. Dennis added a blocked shot at the buzzer for the Lions.

Dennis finished as the game-high scorer, totaling 14 points, grabbing a team-high eight rebounds and recording five blocks. Monahan had seven points, five rebounds and six assists, while Alex Donald (Litchfield, ME/Oak Hill) added nine points off the bench. Long had six points, six rebounds and three steals.

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