Lady Cougar Basketball Game Recap
Late Run Leads Taylor to 64-55 Win over
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
UPLAND, Ind. (1-25-2012) - After battling
back from a 13-point first-half lead to
trail by just two points with 5:18 left in
the game on the road, the Mount Vernon
Nazarene University women's basketball team
gave up 11 straight points on the way to
falling 64-55 in Mid-Central College
Conference action in Odle Arena at Taylor
(Ind.) University on Wednesday evening.
3-pointer by senior guard Sierra Fletcher
and a pair of baskets by sophomore post Amy
staked the visiting Lady Cougars (11-10, 3-8
MCC) to an early 7-2 lead less than three
minutes into the contest.
the host Lady Trojans (16-7, 6-5 MCC)
responded with 15 straight points to take a
17-7 lead by the 13:43 mark of the first
half as Kelsey Bryant led the surge with
nine points including a pair of treys.
MVNU finally ended a nearly four-minute
scoring drought with a basket by Fletcher at
the 13:27 mark, but Taylor continued to
build its lead until it reached 32-19 on a
basket by Tess Rudolph with 3:03 left before
the break. From there, the Lady Cougars
scored the final six points of the half to
pull within 32-25 as the teams went to the
locker rooms at the break.
led MVNU with eight points in the first half
as the Lady Cougars shot 34.6 percent from
the field (9-for-26), 9.1 percent from
3-point range (1-for-11), and 75 percent at
the free throw line (6-for-8).
Bryant paced the Lady Trojans with 11
first-half points as Taylor shot a
blistering 60.9 percent from the field
(14-for-23), 66.7 percent from 3-point range
(2-for-3), and 40 percent from the free
throw line (2-for-5).
to claw away at the lead as the Lady Cougars
pulled within 38-37 on a basket by Daniels
with six minutes gone by in the second half.
However, the Lady Trojans responded with a
11-2 run to extend their advantage back to
49-39 with 9:26 to go.
MVNU battled back to trim the lead to 53-51
on a basket by Daniels with 5:18 remaining
as Taylor committed seven turnovers to help
the Lady Cougars' comeback cause.
However, MVNU would commit four turnovers of
its own and go 0-for-3 from the field over
the next 4:25 as the Lady Trojans went on an
11-0 run to take a 64-51 lead. Freshman
guard Sarah Shirey ended the drought with 53
seconds remaining, but the damage had been
done and Taylor prevailed 64-55.
Daniels led the Lady Cougars with 18 points
and five rebounds as she went 8-for-9 from
the field. Fletcher added 15 points, while
senior forward Alexis Harkins tossed in
eight points. MVNU shot 38.9 percent from
the field (21-for-54), just 10.5 percent
from 3-point range (2-for-19), and 84.6
percent from the free throw line
(11-for-13). The Lady Cougars allowed 20
points off their 20 turnovers.
Redweik paced the Lady Trojans with 22
points and seven rebounds, while Bryant
finished with 19 points. Taylor shot 54.2
percent from the field (26-for-48), 28.6
percent from 3-point range (2-for-7), and
71.4 percent from the free throw line
(10-for-14). The Lady Trojans also posted a
32-24 rebounding advantage.
teaches a lot of lessons if you are willing
to learn from them," said MVNU coach Jason
Foster. "Up to this point, I can't say that
we have learned enough of them. We have good
individual efforts, but it was not enough.
We got good scoring from Sierra and Amy, but
we had a hard time getting others involved
in the offense. Defensively, we seemed to be
chasing and following Taylor in most of
their offensive possessions. They were more
aggressive to the ball and brought more life
to the game than we did."
need to understand that to win on the road
and in this conference, you must play 40
minutes of team basketball," Foster added.
"Tonight, we did not do that. We had moments
of great team ball, just not enough of
The Lady Cougars will look to
bounce back on Saturday when MVNU will host
NAIA Division II No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan
University in another MCC game that will tip
off at 1 p.m. In the earlier meeting between
these two teams on the Lady Wildcats' home
floor, the Lady Cougars nearly pulled off a
big upset as they fell 67-65 on December 3.