Lady Cougar Basketball Game Recap
Lady Cougars' Defense Leads the Way to
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (11-8-2011) - The Mount
Vernon Nazarene University women's
basketball team made just four shots from
the field in the first half and shot just 26
percent from the field overall, but the Lady
Cougars used a stingy defense and good free
throw shooting to post a 54-42
non-conference victory over Point Park (Pa.)
University on Tuesday night in the Physical
MVNU (2-0) scored
the first six points of the game and held an
8-6 lead at the 14:02 mark of the first
half. However, the Lady Cougars would not
score again until the 7:31 mark when senior
post Whitney Levering (left) finally ended an
0-for-10 drought for MVNU with a basket that
knotted the score at 10-10 at the visiting
Lady Pioneers were held to just four points
during that stretch.
Point Park built
a five-point lead on two occasions the last
of which came with 2:37 left in the half and
the Lady Pioneers holding a 17-12 advantage.
With Point Park still leading 19-15 with 48
seconds remaining before the break, Levering
nailed a jumper and senior forward Alexis
Harkins went 2-for-2 at the free throw line
to send the Lady Cougars to the locker room
knotted at 19-19.
Levering both had six points to lead MVNU at
the half. The Lady Cougars shot just 14.3
percent from the field (4-for-28) and missed
all eight of their 3-point attempts.
However, the charity stripe kept MVNU in the
game as the Lady Cougars went 11-for-12 at
the free throw line (91.7 percent).
April Austin paced the Lady Pioneers with
eight points and nine rebounds. Point Park
shot 25.9 percent from the field (7-for-27),
missed both of its 3-point shots, and went
5-for-10 at the free throw line (50
MVNU finally regained the
lead five and a half minutes into the second
half when Harkins nailed the team's first
3-pointer to put the Lady Cougars on top
26-25 with 14:36 to go. She added a pair of
free throws at the 13:56 mark, and then a
four-point play by junior forward Emily
Steveley with 13:14 to go extended MVNU's
lead to 32-25.
The Lady Cougars' led
by eight points on two occasions, but Point
Park kept chipping away and pulled within
39-36 on a trey by Austin with 8:34 still to
However, a 9-2 run by MVNU
increased the lead back to 48-38 with 3:50
left, and the Lady Cougars went 4-for-4 at
the free throw line and added a jumper by
junior guard Melissa Eickholt to cap off the
scoring in the 54-42 victory.
very proud of the way the team hung in there
and fought through to finish this game,"
said MVNU coach Jason Foster. "I feel like
this game could prove to us that we can
grind out a tough game and still give
ourselves a chance for the win."
defense carried us tonight and kept us close
early in the game and then helped to hold
off several strong late-game runs by Point
Park," Foster added. "We had some clutch
stops when we needed them and that really
helped to instill some offensive confidence
to really attack the basket. (Point Park)
did a good job of keeping us off-balance on
the offensive end, which made it hard for us
to find a good offensive rhythm. There are
going to be nights when the offense just
does not come easy, but it is nice to see
that even on those nights that our defense
is there and ready to work."
led the Lady Cougars with 14 points and six
rebounds, while Harkins finished with 13
points and nine rebounds while going 8-for-8
at the free throw line. Steveley added nine
points, and senior guard Sierra Fletcher
tossed in seven points and recorded four
steals. MVNU shot just 26 percent from the
field (13-for-50) and 21.4 percent from
3-point range (3-for-14), but the Lady
Cougars went 25-for-30 at the free throw
line to help secure the victory.
Austin led the Lady Pioneers with a
double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds,
while Kristen Beatty chipped in with seven
points. Point Park shot 30.4 percent from
the field (17-for-56), 20 percent from
3-point range (2-for-10), and 42.9 percent
from the free throw line (6-for-14).
MVNU will return to action on Saturday when
the Lady Cougars will host Wilberforce
University at 1 p.m. as part of the annual
Homecoming doubleheader. The MVNU men's
basketball team will then host the
University of Michigan-Dearborn at 3 p.m.