Lady Cougar Basketball Game Recap
Second-Half Shooting Woes Cost Lady
Cougars in 61-52 Loss
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (1-7-2012) - The Mount
Vernon Nazarene University women's
basketball team shot just 16 percent from
the field in the second half as the Lady
Cougars saw a 12-point first-half lead turn
into a 61-52 loss at the University of Saint
Francis in Mid-Central College Conference
action on Saturday afternoon.
the score knotted at 10-10 after the first
seven minutes of action, MVNU (9-7, 1-5 MCC)
used a 13-1 run to build a 23-11 lead by the
7:13 mark. Senior guard Sierra Fletcher led
the surge with seven points, while senior
forward Alexis Harkins (left)
added four points.
Francis began to whittle away at the lead
and the host Lady Cougars were able to pull
within 29-26 by the time that the first half
Harkins led MVNU with
10 first-half points, while Fletcher and
sophomore post Amy Daniels added nine and
eight points respectively. The visiting Lady
Cougars shot 50 percent from the field
(12-for-24), 20 percent from 3-point range
(1-for-5), and 100 percent at the free throw
Kayla Drake and
Meghan Prible each scored seven points to
lead Saint Francis in the first half. The
host Lady Cougars shot 30.8 percent from the
field (8-for-26), 25 percent from 3-point
range (3-for-12), and 77.8 percent from the
free throw line (7-for-9).
made a pair of free throws to get the
scoring under way to start the second half
as MVNU's lead grew back to 31-26. However,
by the 10-minute mark, Saint Francis had
moved on top 47-38 as the visiting Lady
Cougars went just 2-for-10 from the field
and committed 10 turnovers.
able to pull within 47-42 with 8:27 to play,
but a 10-2 surge by Saint Francis gave the
host Lady Cougars their biggest lead of the
game at 57-44 with 2:59 left on the clock.
From that point on, MVNU would get no closer
than nine points the rest of the way as
Saint Francis prevailed 61-52.
Harkins led the visiting Lady Cougars with
17 points that including a 9-for-10 showing
at the free throw line. Fletcher added 15
points, four steals, four assists, and five
rebounds, and Daniels finished with 10
points, six rebounds, and five steals. MVNU
shot 32.7 percent from the field for the
game (16-for-49) and went just 4-for-25 in
the second half including 0-for-9 from long
range to finish just 1-for-14 from 3-point
range in the game (7.1 percent). The Lady
Cougars did connect on 86.4 percent of their
free throw attempts (19-for-22).
Kayla Mullins led Saint Francis with 16
points, while Drake added 12 points. Jenelle
Wilson tossed in 11 points, and Prible
finished with 10 points. Myqueisha Bratton
also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Saint
Francis shot 36 percent from the field
(18-for-50), 25 percent from 3-point range
(5-for-20), and 83.3 percent from the free
throw line (20-for-24).
games in two weeks, I think that fatigue got
the best of us in the second half today,"
said MVNU coach Jason Foster. "The girls
played hard and put together a good
defensive effort as they held (Saint
Francis) 15 to 20 points below their season
average. But, you still have to put the ball
in the basket. We rushed a lot of open
looks, missed some easy ones, and stood
around on the offensive end. One of the
things that this team does well is create
for each other and today we did not do that.
When it comes right down to it, Saint
Francis took this game away and won it by
doing the things they do well."
have now dug ourselves into a bit of a hole
in a strong conference," Foster continued.
"We need to really dig in and work on
getting ourselves over this hump and
finishing this season strong and be the team
that no one wants to play again."
Lady Cougars will return to action on
Wednesday when they will travel to Spring
Arbor (Mich.) University for another MCC
game that will begin at 7 p.m.