Lady Cougar Basketball Game Recap
Lady Cougars Post Road Win at
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
BATAVIA, Ohio (12-27-2011) - The Mount
Vernon Nazarene University women's
basketball team used a 9-0 run over the
final 2:40 of the first half to build a
cushion heading to the break as the Lady
Cougars held off host University of
Cincinnati-Clermont 64-49 for a
non-conference road win on Tuesday night.
game went back and forth at the start as
MVNU (8-3) got a 3-pointer each from senior
guard Sierra Fletcher, junior guard Melissa
and senior guard Ashley Jessie as the score
was knotted at 9-9 after the first five
minutes of action.
Five quick points
from senior forward Alexis Harkins pushed
the Lady Cougars' lead to 14-9 by the 13:54
mark, and the lead grew to as much as nine
points on two different occasions following
free throws by both senior post Whitney
Levering and Eickholt.
Cincinnati-Clermont (11-9) closed the gap
back to 28-23 after a jumper by Ashley Keith
with 2:40 to play, but MVNU scored the final
nine points of the half to take a 37-23 lead
to the locker room at the break. Harkins,
Eickholt, and Levering each made a basket,
while junior guard Camaranne Myles came off
the bench and drained a trey.
Eickholt paced the Lady Cougars with 10
first-half points as she went 3-for-4 from
the field and made both of her 3-point
attempts. Harkins added seven points and
seven rebounds, and Fletcher also tossed in
six points to go with four assists and four
rebounds. MVNU shot 35.3 percent from the
field (12-for-34), 42.9 percent from 3-point
range (6-for-14), and 58.3 percent from the
free throw line (7-for-12). The Lady Cougars
held a 25-20 rebounding advantage including
grabbing 12 offensive caroms.
Stutz led Cincinnati-Clermont with eight
points and four rebounds, while Tess Jenike
added seven points. Cincinnati-Clermont shot
30 percent from the field (9-for-30), 33.3
percent from 3-point range (1-for-3), and
made all four of its free throw attempts.
MVNU's lead grew to 44-27 just three
minutes into the second half when junior
forward Emily Steveley drained a 3-pointer.
However, Cincinnati-Clermont began to
whittle away at the lead and four times
pulled as close as 10 points with the final
time coming 52-42 on a jumper by Brooke
Catauro with 7:50 to play.
Cougars answered the call, though, as MVNU
went on a 12-3 run to take its biggest lead
of the game at 64-45 on a jumper by Jessie
with 1:54 left. From there, the Lady Cougars
would go on to post the 64-49 victory.
finished with a game-high 14 points to lead
MVNU, while Harkins just missed a
double-double with 11 points and nine
rebounds. Fletcher contributed 10 points,
five assists, four steals, and four
rebounds, and Levering added eight points,
six rebounds, five steals, and four blocked
shots. Jessie (right)
also came off the bench to score nine
points. The Lady Cougars shot 36.1 percent
from the field (22-for-61), 30.4 percent
from 3-point range (7-for-23), and 72.2
percent from the free throw line
Cincinnati-Clermont with 13 points, while
Stutz finished with 10 points, seven
rebounds, and five assists.
Cincinnati-Clermont shot 33.3 percent from
the field (19-for-57), 14.3 percent from
3-point range (1-for-7), and 58.8 percent
from the free throw line (10-for-17).
"We battled back and gutted this one
out," said MVNU coach Jason Foster. "It
shows that we've been off for a week (for
Christmas) as we weren't nearly as crisp
offensively, but we made plays when we had
to. We got good efforts from a lot of
people. Probably it was most noticeable in
the final 10 minutes when we decided to
rebound the ball defensively. That made a
big difference for us when we made a
defensive stand and then was able to get the
"Ashley has been getting
better and better each time out," said
Foster of his back-up point guard. "She is
taking a little more ownership in what is
going on and feeling a little more confident
in what we are trying to do. She doesn't
look to score, but when she has the
opportunity she can put the ball in the
hole. For Melissa, it was just a matter of
time before she was going to have a breakout
game. She takes good shots and makes great
plays. I think she may have been pressing
early on this season, but today she just
settled in and made things happen."
The Lady Cougars will continue their
three-game, four-day road trip by traveling
to Trinity International (Ill.) University
near Chicago. MVNU will take on the host
team at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday and will then
face Concordia (Ill.) University at 1 p.m.
on Friday in the two-day tournament.
"This will be a tough tournament for us,"
said Foster. "Trinity International plays a
high tempo, high pressure brand of
basketball and we are going to have to do a
lot better job of taking care of the
basketball. Concordia is another good,
balanced team with size and the ability to
run the floor well. It will be a tough
challenge for us."