Saturday, February 16, 2013
Host Anderson University held a two-point lead at the half, and behind a diversified scoring attack which netted them points from inside the lane, on the perimeter and from the foul line, pulled away from the Mount in the second half and held off the Lions for a season-ending 75-69 win. The Mount ends the 2012-13 season with a 3-22 overall mark, 2-16 in the HCAC.
The Ravens jumped out to a 6-2 lead early in the game, and led 23-11 before pushing their advantage to 27-14 with 9:39 on the first half clock. The Mount's Meredith Hartfiel (Villa Hills, KY/Dixie Height) connected on a three-pointer with 7:24 to play, cutting the deficit to 29-20. Anderson's lead went from six to eight points most of the remainder of the first half, before Megan Mentzel (Amelia, OH/Amelia) made a lay-up for the Lions with 53 seconds to play to make the score 37-33. Heidi McManus (Bethel, OH/Williamsburg) also converted a lay-up, with three seconds on the clock, to cut the deficit to 39-37 as both teams headed into the locker room. Anderson out-shot the Mount, 50 to 46 percent from the field in the first half, and made nine-of-10 free throws while the Lions converted six-of-14 free throw attempts. Anderson suffered 11 turnovers to the Lions' five, first half miscues.
Hartfield hit a three-pointer early in the second half to cut the deficit to 41-40, and after a 46-all tie at 16:21, nailed another one from long range with 7:11 to play to make the score Anderson, 58-56. The Lions suffered a five minute-plus scoreless stretch (13:45-8:22) in the second half as they were held to 44 percent shooting in the game's final 20 minutes of play. Anderson maintained a seven-to-nine point lead throught most of the remainder of the game, and did not give up the lead the entire contest, as they held the Mount scoreless from the 3:27 mark to just 52 seconds left. The Ravens made 11-of-17 second half free throws, while the Mount was four-of-nine from the charity stripe in the second half.
Anderson made 10 more free throws in the game than the Lions, won the rebounding battle, 35-31, but committed 22 turnovers while the Mount had 15 turnovers. Tara Dennis (Batavia, OH/Williamsburg) had a team-high 17 points, a game-high 13 rebounds and three blocks. Hartifiel came off the bench and finished with a career-high 18 points, on five-of-five three-point shooting. Mentzel recorded seven steals in the game, while McManus chipped in four assists.