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Lions' women's basketball team falls 80-52 at the University of Chicago

Monday, December 31, 2012
by Dane Neumeister

The University of Chicago women's basketball team parlayed a strong inside shooting attack, and opportunistic defemse as they upended the Mount at home on Sunday afternoon, 80-52. The Lions return to action on Jan. 2 when they play at HCAC-rival Hanover College.

Melanie Monahan (Mason, OH/Bishop Fenwick) got the scoring started for the Lions in the game, connecting on a three-pointer, and the Mount led through most of the first half. The Maroons forged ahead with 6:38 to play in the first half, before Madie Long (Columbus, OH/Hilliard Davidson) fired in three free throws to giver the Lions a 24-22 advantage. The University of Chicago, however, would get their offense going down the stretch, out-scoring the Mount, 13-7 to post a 37-29 lead at the intermission. The Maroons had a 22-4 advantage in points in the paint in the first 20 minutes of action, and out-shot the Mount, 48 to 36 percent from the field.

Brooke Mosler made a lay-up with 16:44 showing on the second half clock, cutting the deficit to 39-33 but the Lions would get no closer as the Maroons outscored the Mount, 16-0 over the next 10 minutes, to lead, 55-33. The University of Chicago shot 55 percent in the second half of play, while holding the Lions to 22 percent shooting. The Maroons won the battle of the boards, 46-33. The Lions forced 18 U. of Chicago turnovers, while committing 16 miscues.

Monahan led the Mount with 14 points while Alex Donald (Litchfield, ME/Oak Hill) and Mosler had eight points each.

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