Lady Cougar Basketball Game Recap
Balanced Attack Leads Lady Cougars to
93-65 Win in Opener
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (11-5-2011) - The Mount
Vernon Nazarene University women's
basketball team used a balanced attack that
saw nine different players each hit at least
one 3-pointer as the Lady Cougars cruised to
a 93-65 season-opening victory over Alice
Lloyd (Ky.) College on Saturday afternoon in
the Physical Education Center.
(1-0) got off to a great start as the Lady
Cougars rattled off the first eight points
of the game and built a 36-15 lead by the
6:39 mark of the first half. Senior guard
Sierra Fletcher (left)
led the way with 10 early points, while MVNU
went 7-for-10 from 3-point range with six
different players hitting at least one.
A quick 7-0 run by the visiting Lady
Eagles (0-2) pulled them within 36-22
followed a trey by Bailey Gabbard, but the
Lady Cougars closed the half on a 19-10 run
to push the lead back to 55-32 at the break.
Junior forward Emily Steveley led the surge
with eight points.
Fletcher led MVNU
with 16 first-half points, while Steveley
and senior forward Alexis Harkins each had
eight points. The Lady Cougars shot a
blistering 59.4 percent from the field
(19-for-32), 71.4 percent from 3-point range
(10-for-14), and 87.5 percent from the free
throw stripe (7-for-8). They also had a 23-4
advantage in points off turnovers as they
forced 12 in the first half.
Gray led Alice Lloyd with nine first half
points and the Lady Eagles shot 39.3 percent
from the field (11-for-28), 12.5 percent
from 3-point range (1-for-8), and 64.3
percent from the free throw line (9-for-14).
A 12-4 run to start the second half
pulled Alice Lloyd within 59-44 with a
little over four minutes gone by, but that
would prove to be as close as the Lady
Eagles would get the rest of the way as MVNU
closed the game on a 34-21 run to post the
93-65 victory with the final score also
representing the biggest margin in the game.
Fletcher led all scorers with 20 points
for the Lady Cougars, while Harkins added 15
points, six rebounds, and four assists.
Senior post Whitney Levering also reached
double figures with 11 points, and Steveley
finished with eight points and 10 rebounds.
Freshman wing Ainsleigh Krause also
contributed nine points and six rebounds off
the bench, while junior guard Melissa
Eickholt and freshman guard Courtney
Christie tacked on seven points each. MVNU
shot 46.8 percent from the field
(29-for-62), 52.2 percent from 3-point range
(12-for-23), and 79.3 percent from the free
throw line (23-for-29).
was led by Ariel Nickell with 17 points and
11 rebounds, while Gray and Taylor Hott each
finished with 11 points apiece. The Lady
Eagles shot 40.7 percent from the field
(24-for-59), 16.7 percent from 3-point range
(3-for-18), and 60.9 percent from the free
throw line (14-for-23).
"I was very
pleased with the effort and hard work that
the ladies showed from the start of the game
to the finish," said MVNU coach Jason
Foster, who earned his first win with the
Lady Cougars in his very first game. "The
defensive intensity and the play helped to
really disrupt the Alice Lloyd offense. I
think that the depth of this team will be
something that will help us during the grind
of a long season. It was nice to see each
player make such a big contribution in this
game. The versatility really showed today as
well. As we get more comfortable and
confident in the new offensive style and
with each other, it will only make us that
much more dangerous."
Cougars will return to action on Tuesday
when MVNU will host Point Park (Pa.)
University in another non-conference game at