Saturday, January 12, 2013
Second place Defiance College parlayed an equally effective inside and outside scoring attack at home as they upended the Lions, 70-55, in conference action at home on Saturday. The Mount, 3-12 overall, 2-6 in HCAC play, returns to action on Jan. 16 when they host HCAC-rival Transylvania University.
The score was close throughout the first half as both teams played to numerous ties. The Lions, however, did lead at the 8:31 mark, 21-15, but saw the Yellow Jackets tie the score at 22-all. With 2:38 to play and the score tied at 28-all, the Lions could not find the range from behind the three-point arc and struggled from the foul line, as Defiance out-scored the Mount down the stretch to the halftime buzzer, 6-2 to take a 34-30 lead at the break. Neither team shot over 36 percent in the opening half, while Defiance was aided by holding a 26-19 rebounding edge in the first 20 minutes of play. Tara Dennis (Batavia, OH/Williamsburg) paced the Mount in the opening half with 11 points and four rebounds, while Madie Long (Columbus, OH/Hilliard Davidson) added six points. Defiance out-scored the Lions, 14-6 in points in the paint in the opening half.
The Yellow Jackets would roll off a 13-4 scoring spree to start the half, with baskets in the paint and from long range, grabbing a 47-34 advantage with 15:19 showing on the clock. The Mount's Megan Mentzel (Amelia, OH/Amelia), and a solid inside attack, however, helped the Mount go on a 10-0 scoring run over the next 2 1/2 minutes, as the Lions trimmed the deficit to 47-44 with 12:32 to play in the game. The Mount would get no closer as DC bolted out to a 58-48 lead with 8:48 and never looked back. The Yellow Jackets and Lions both shot over 50 percent from the field in the second half, while the home team controlled the boards again in the second half, 19-11 to hold a 45-30 rebounding advantage for the game.
Dennis led the Lions with a season-high tying 18 points, and seven rebounds, while teammate Melanie Monahan (Mason, OH/Bishop Fenwick) chipped in 10 points and Long finished with eight points. The Yellow Jackets converted 11-of-15 free throw attempts while the Lions were 13-of-26 from the charity stripe. Both teams committed 13 turnovers. DC made five three-point shots to the Lions' two, three-point field goals.