Lady Cougar Basketball Game Recap
Lady Cougars Drop Fifth Straight with
53-49 Road Loss
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
SPRING ARBOR, Mich. (1-11-2012) - The Mount
Vernon Nazarene University women's
basketball team saw a 10-point first-half
lead slip away thanks to 20 turnovers and
just 29.1 percent shooting from the field
for the game as the visiting Lady Cougars
dropped their fifth straight game in a 53-49
Mid-Central College Conference loss at
Spring Arbor (Mich.) University on Wednesday
MVNU (9-8, 1-6 MCC) got off to
a good start in the game as senior guard
Sierra Fletcher drilled a pair of 3-pointers
and junior guard Melissa Eickholt added five
early points as the visiting Lady Cougars
took an 18-8 lead with nine minutes gone by.
However, Spring Arbor (6-12, 2-5 MCC)
responded with a 22-8 run of its own to take
a 30-26 lead before MVNU senior post Whitney
Levering beat the halftime buzzer with a
basket to trim the lead to 30-28 going to
the locker room at the break.
Levering led the Lady Cougars with eight
points and four rebounds in the first half,
while Fletcher added six points. MVNU shot
34.6 percent from the field (9-for-26), 50
percent from 3-point range (3-for-6), and
87.5 percent from the free throw line
(7-for-8). The Lady Cougars also committed
12 first-half turnovers.
paced Spring Arbor with 10 points in the
first half as she went 4-for-4 from the
field and 2-for-2 at the free throw line.
The host Lady Cougars shot 42.9 percent from
the field (12-for-28), 22.2 percent from
3-point range (2-for-9), and made all four
of their free throw attempts.
second half started out close as MVNU
knotted the score at 33-33 on a basket by
sophomore post Amy Daniels with just over
four minutes gone by.
At that point,
Spring Arbor went on a 12-4 run to take a
45-37 advantage with 9:45 left in the game.
However, MVNU did not panic and pulled back
within 45-43 with 6:25 to go on a basket by
junior forward Emily Steveley.
Lady Cougars were unable to get any closer
than two points the rest of the way, though,
as MVNU committed three turnovers down the
stretch and went just 1-for-9 from the
field, and Spring Arbor was able to hold on
for the 53-49 victory.
MVNU with 11 points and seven rebounds,
while Levering posted a double-double of 10
points and 11 rebounds. Eickholt finished
with eight points, and Harkins tossed in
seven points and grabbed six rebounds. The
visiting Lady Cougars shot 29.1 percent from
the field (16-for-55), 25 percent from
3-point range (4-for-16), and 68.4 percent
from the free throw line (13-for-19).
Bement led all scorers with 12 points
for Spring Arbor, while Jessica Garrison
added 10 points. Michaela Robichaud also
grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. The host
Lady Cougars shot 36.7 percent from the
field (18-for-49), 20 percent from 3-point
range (3-for-15), and 93.3 percent from the
free throw line (14-for-15).
a hard night," said MVNU coach Jason Foster.
"Yet another long road trip that did not go
our way. We put together a good effort
again on the defensive side of the ball, but
we just can't seem to find a rhythm or
understanding on the offensive side of the
ball. I think we continue to prove
that we can play with anyone, but the
problem with that is playing with someone
and beating them are two completely
different things. I think we can still
make some noise in the conference this year,
but we need to learn to work together on the
offensive side of the ball."
will not get any easier for MVNU when they
wrap up their four-game road trip with an
MCC contest at NAIA Division II No. 23
Marian (Ind.) University. That game is
slated to tip off at 1 p.m.