Thursday, November 21, 2013
Host Denison University jumped out to a double-digit lead at the half, thanks in part to holding the Lions to 29 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes of action, and held on to post a 78-66 win on Wednesday night. The Mount, 0-3 on the season, will be back on the court on Nov. 30 when they play at Marietta College in the first game of the Marietta College Turkey Shoot.
The Lions scored the game's first points at Denison, but the Big Red gradually began to pull away, building a 18-9 lead by 13:28 mark of the first half. The Mount's Erica Walsh converted a lay-up with 10:25 to play, giving her team a 19-18 advantage but Denison went on a 11-1 run, down to the 5:51 mark via a diversified scoring attack. The home team would lead by as many as 14 points in the first half, as they connected on 46 percent from the floor.
The Mount cut the deficit to seven points numerous times early in the second half, the last at 12:55 when Mea' Williams (West Chester, OH/Lakota West) made a lay-up but Dension quickly rebuilt their double-digit lead after that point. Denison would put the game away in the closing minutes, however, hitting nine of their final 10 free throw attempts.
Both teams shot in the 30 percent range in the second half, but Denison converted 17-of-21 free throws in the second 20 minutes of play. The Mount forced 14 second half turnovers by Denison. Williams had eight points and 12 rebounds for the Lions, while Heidi McManus (Bethel, OH/Williamsburg) added a team-high 19 points. Meredith Hartfiel (Villa Hills, KY/Dixie Heights) came off the bench to add 15 points, making three, three-pointers.