Delhi, Ohio – The Mount St. Joseph University women's basketball team opened up their 2019-2020 season on Saturday as they welcomed the Muskies of Muskingum University to the Harrington Center.
Last season, the Lions finished with a 14-12 overall record and a 9-9 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference record. The Lions entered the HCAC Tournament as a host in the opening round. The Lions hope to get themselves back into tournament play this season.
With the first game underway of the year, both teams struggled to get the first point up on the board. The Lions would finally break the blank scoring with two free throws made by junior Maddie Haberthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) These would be here first of many points to come over the course of the game. Sophomore Kamryn McCool (Brookville, Ind./ Franklin County) would get her first career points for the Lions soon after with a layup to give the Lions a 4-0 lead. After about another minute of play, the Fighting Muskies would tie the game up at 4-4 a piece, and then run it up, taking the lead from the Lions. The Fighting Muskies would go on an eight-point offensive attack before the Lions were able to get another point with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter. At the end of the quarter the Lions trailed the Fighting Muskies by six point as the score line read 15-9.
In the second quarter the Fighting Muskies would continue to build the lead over the Lions for most of the ten minutes of play. By the end of the quarter the Lions were able to cut down the lead by three as they were led by Maddie Haberthy who was able to record 13 points, with 12 of the points coming from 3-point jump shots. As the teams entered halftime the score sheet read 29-26 in favor of the Fighting Muskies.
Almost halfway into the third quarter the Lions were able to tie the game up 31-31 with another 3-point jump shot by Haberthy. The third quarter would go back and forth multiple times with neither team being able to keep their lead for long. Finally, in the final minute of the quarter the Lions were able to take the lead after Aliyah Huff (Cincinnati, Ohio/Roger Bacon) made a free throw to take a one-point lead before Carlee Daulton (Ripley, Ohio/Ripley Union Lewis Huntington) recorded a 3-point jump shot to end the quarter and give the Lions a 45-41 lead.
The Lions would continue to keep their lead early in the fourth quarter with a couple of free throws given to them. Halfway into the quarter the Fighting Muskies would tie it all up at 51-51 before the Lions would take the lead back for the next couple of minutes. The game would stand at 55-54 in favor of the Lions for almost two minutes with time ticking down as neither team was able to capitalize on any of their opportunities. Then, in the final three minutes of the game, the Fighting Muskies would steal the lead from the Lions with a layup and would put in enough work to keep the Lions from coming back. The Lions would give their best efforts, with multiple Lions taking attempts from all over the court, but were unable to get anything in the basket. Chloe Jansen (Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands) would make a buzzer beating 3-point shot to end the game, but it wouldn't be enough to force an overtime as the Lions would fall to the Fighting Muskies by a final score of 64-61.
Although the Lions were unable to pull off a win in their first game of the year, they were able to put up a tough fight and give it their all. Maddie Haberthy lead the team with 23 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Haberthy was seven points shy of her career high 30 points, which she records her freshman year. Aliyah Huff recorded herself 10 points in the game, as well as 9 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block. Overall, the team was able to record 16 steals and 43 rebounds. Three freshmen were able to record their first career points in the game Saturday.
On Tuesday, November 19th, the Lions travel to Tiffin, Ohio to take on The Berg of Heidelberg University. The Berg come in with a 1-1 record after recording their first win on Saturday against Cazenovia. The game is set to tip off at 7PM. Continue to check out MSJSports.com as the Lions get started on their 2019-2020 season!