Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Visiting Kalamazoo College overcame a five-point halftime deficit, using a solid second half defensive effort, as they knocked off the Lions on Tuesday night, 78-73. The Mount goes to 1-8 while KZoo improves to 4-4 on the season. The Lions return to action on Dec. 30 at Wilmington College.
The Mount jumped out to a 48-43 at the intermission, thanks mainly to the inside play of Tara Dennis (Batavia, OH/Williamsburg). Dennis connected on seven-of-11 shots in teh opening half, and hit six-of-eight free throws for 20 points, while also grabbing seven rebounds.
Kalamazoo grabbed the lead in the game early in the second half, after two free throws, leading to a 49-48 advantage, and after two more free throws at the 10:55 mark they had pushed their lead out to double-digits, 61-51. The Mount struggled with their shooting accuracy in the second half, making only 10-of-35 shots (29 percent) in the final 20 minutes of action. Kalamazoo did not fare much better, connecting on 33 percent from the field in the second half, but out-scored the Lions 17-4 from the charity stripe in the second half while grabbing 28 rebounds to the Lions' 22 second half boards.
Madie Long (Columbus, OH/Hilliard Davidson) helped the Lions cut the deficit to three points, 61-58, in the second half, hitting a three-point field goal with 9:34 to play, and teammate Brooke Mosler (Maysville, KY/St. Patrick's) made two free throws with 3:14 left to help the Lions trail by just two points, 71-69, but the Mount would get no closer.
Dennis finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocked shots, while three other Lions' players totaled eight points each. Melanie Monahan (Mason, OH/Bishop Fenwick) chipped in seven points and seven assists. Mosler added nine rebounds.