Lady Cougar Basketball Game Recap
Lady Cougars Hold off Alice Lloyd 72-65
for Road Win
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
PIPPA PASSES, Ky. (12-17-2011) - The Mount
Vernon Nazarene University women's
basketball team weathered a 16-2 first-half
run and then answered every charge in the
second half as the Lady Cougars posted a
72-65 non-conference victory at Alice Lloyd
(Ky.) College on Saturday afternoon.
MVNU (7-3) built an early 14-5 lead over the
first seven minutes of action, but the host
Lady Eagles (1-14) responded with a 16-2 run
of their own to go in front 21-16 with nine
minutes left in the first half.
Lloyd still held a 32-27 lead with just
under three minutes remaining before the
break, but five points from senior forward
Alexis Harkins and a free throw each by
senior guards Sierra Fletcher
(left) and Ashley Jessie
helped the Lady Cougars take a 34-32
advantage to the locker room at the half.
Senior post Whitney Levering led MVNU
with 10 points in the first half, while
Fletcher added seven points. The Lady
Cougars shot 47.8 percent from the field
(11-for-23), 33.3 percent from 3-point range
(3-for-9), and 56.3 percent from the free
throw line. MVNU also held a 21-14
Ariel Nickell paced
the Lady Eagles with nine points in the
first half, while Gemma Gray added eight
points. Alice Lloyd shot 35.7 percent from
the field (10-for-28), 22.2 percent from
3-point range (2-for-9), and 83.3 percent
from the free throw line (10-for-12).
After Nickell tied the game up with a
basket to start the second half, the Lady
Cougars used a 13-4 run to build a 47-38
advantage with 16:00 to go as junior guard
Melissa Eickholt capped the surge with a
The Lady Eagles closed the gap
to 62-59 following a trey by Gray with 5:59
to go as Alice Lloyd refused to go down
without a fight.
straight points by MVNU including six from
Levering gave the Lady Cougars their biggest
lead of the game at 70-59 with less than
three minutes to go. From there, MVNU was
able to hold on to post the 72-65 victory.
"What a good game to go to break on,"
said MVNU coach Jason Foster. "The girls
played hard with life and emotion and when
called upon they did their job. Rachel
(Peelman) was a great defensive presence
today. She did a great job guarding both of
their top two players."
need to work on establishing our will in a
game as I felt that we played to (Alice
Lloyd's) tempo a little too much. They are
much improved and really battled us start to
finish, but our kids just kept working and
working to get this win."
led the Lady Cougars with 20 points, six
assists, and five rebounds as she went
10-for-13 at the free throw line. Levering
added 18 points and six rebounds, while
Harkins and sophomore post Amy Daniels
finished with nine points apiece. MVNU shot
45.3 percent from the field (24-for-53),
30.4 percent from 3-point range (7-for-23),
and 60.7 percent from the free throw line
Gray paced Alice Lloyd
with 23 points, while Nickell added 17
points before fouling out midway through the
second half. Carla McDaniel also posted a
double-double with 11 points and 11
rebounds. The Lady Eagles shot 40.4 percent
from the field (21-for-52), 21.4 percent
from 3-point range (3-for-14), and 76.9
percent from the free throw line.
Lady Cougars will now take a break for
Christmas before returning to action with a
non-conference game at the University of
Cincinnati-Clermont on December 27 at 2 p.m.