Thursday, January 23, 2014
The College of Mount St. Joseph women's basketball team held a two-point lead at the half, and built that lead to 43-32 just 6 1/2 minutes into the second half, eventually holding off a late rally by Anderson University in a 65-59 home win on Wednesday night. The Lions improved to 2-14 overall, 2-7 in the HCAC and will return to action on Jan. 25 when the host conference-rival Franklin College.
The Lions held the Ravens to 23 percent shooting in the first half, as they claimed a 25-23 lead at the intermission. Courtney Gleason (Cincinnati, OH/Seton) connected on a three-point field goal with 13:26 showing on the second half clock, giving the Mount an 11-point lead. The Lions, who shot 41 percent from the field in the first half, improved their shooting in the second half, hitting on 54 percent, including making four-of-seven shots behind the three-point arc. After two Anderson free throws with 3:12 left in the game cut the Mount lead to 53-51, the Ravens forced a Mount turnover and buried a three-point shot to take the lead in the game, 54-53 with 2:19 left. The Lions answered back with two, three-point field goals of their own, first by Bristyl Webb (Oxford, OH/Talawanda) and then by Meredith Hartfiel (Villa Hills, KY/Dixie Heights) with 1:46 to play giving the home team a 59-54 advantage.
Anderson cut the lead to 59-56 with two free throws, but would get no closer as the Mount connected on all four free throw attempts they took in the final 21 seconds of play, leading to the six-point victory.
Tara Dennis (Batavia, OH/Williamsburg) paced the Lions with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Webb added eight points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.