Lady Cougar Basketball Game Recap
Lady Cougars Hold Off No. 21 Huntington
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (2-4-2012) - The Mount
Vernon Nazarene University women's
basketball team pulled out a 63-61 victory
over NAIA Division II No. 21 Huntington
(Ind.) University in Mid-Central College
Conference action on Saturday afternoon in
the Physical Education Center.
falling 60-59 at Huntington back on January
5 in the first meeting between the two teams
this season, the Lady Cougars (12-12, 4-10
MCC) came out of the gate with a sense of
urgency and purpose as MVNU built a 23-7
lead over the first 10 minutes by going by
making 10 of their first 11 field goal
attempts including nine in a row at one
However, the visiting Lady
Foresters (15-9, 7-7 MCC) showed why they
are nationally ranked by battling back.
Trailing 29-16 with 6:25 remaining before
the half, Huntington was able to close the
gap to 33-30 by the break with a 14-4 run.
One of the big plays during the surge was a
35-foot banked in 3-pointer by Kelsey Green
just ahead of the shot clock buzzer with
4:29 to go.
forward Alexis Harkins (left)
led the Lady Cougars with 11 points and five
rebounds in the first half, while sophomore
post Amy Daniels added eight points. MVNU
shot 55.6 percent from the field
(15-for-27), 28.6 percent from 3-point range
(2-for-7), and 33.3 percent from the free
throw line (1-for-3). The Lady Cougars held
an 18-10 rebounding advantage, but 11
turnovers were turned into nine points by
the Lady Foresters.
led by Allison Greene with nine first-half
points, while Green added seven points. The
Lady Foresters shot 43.5 percent from the
field (10-for-23), 25 percent from 3-point
range (2-for-8), and 50 percent from the
free throw line (8-for-16).
opened up a 46-41 lead by the 12:50 mark of
the second half, but Huntington answered
with a 9-3 run to take its first lead of the
game on a pair of free throws by Green with
8:03 left in the contest.
turnover by each team, senior guard Sierra
Fletcher gave the Lady Cougars the lead
again with a pair of free throws of her own
with 7:19 remaining, and MVNU moved back on
top 61-55 with 3:20 to go as Fletcher,
Harkins, and junior post Courtney Swart each
scored four points apiece.
point, the Lady Cougars went cold from the
field as they missed four straight shots to
allow the Lady Foresters to get back into
the game with a six straight points to knot
the score at 61-61 on two more free throws
by Green with 56 seconds still on the clock.
With the shot clock about to expire,
Daniels missed a jumper, but Fletcher was
there to grab the rebound with 26 seconds
remaining as MVNU was able to play for the
final shot if the Lady Cougars chose to do
Following a timeout with 15.7
seconds left, MVNU put the ball in the hands
of Fletcher, the team's leading scorer, and
she drove into the lane with time winding
down and tossed up a twisting jumper that
when in with 3.3 seconds remaining despite
the fact that she was fouled. She missed the
free throw attempt that would have put the
Lady Cougars up by three points, but
Huntington was unable to get a shot off
before the buzzer sounded as MVNU prevailed
63-61 for its second win over a Top 25 team
in the past two weeks.
the lone Lady Cougar to reach double figures
as she finished with 19 points and seven
rebounds, while Fletcher scored nine points
and dished out four assists. Daniels and
senior post Whitney Levering each scored
eight points apiece with Daniels grabbing a
game-high eight rebounds, and Swart
contributed seven big points off the bench.
MVNU shot 46.6 percent from the field
(27-for-58), 14.3 percent from 3-point range
(2-for-14), and 70 percent from the free
throw line (7-for-10). The Lady Cougars held
a 36-27 rebounding advantage and a 36-14
edge in points in the paint.
finished with a game-high 25 points to pace
the Lady Foresters, while Green and Pazia
Speed tallied 13 and 11 points respectively
with Green grabbing seven rebounds.
Huntington shot 41.7 percent from the field
(20-for-48), 35.7 percent from 3-point range
(5-for-14), and just 59.3 percent from the
free throw line (16-for-27) despite entering
the game ranked fourth in NAIA Division II
by shooting 75.4 percent from the charity
"This was a very physical
game from start to finish and our girls
played hard," said MVNU coach Jason Foster.
"I think that by changing things up and
doing some things that we don't usually do
may have caught (Huntington) a little
off-guard, but they kept coming at us. They
exploited some of our breakdowns, attacked,
and got to the foul line. Our girls kept
pace and kept fighting and this time we were
able to finish off another close game
against them by winning instead of losing by
"We have a nice stretch
remaining," Foster continued. "We can get a
little bit of rest this weekend and then get
ready to hit the road for the last time
before finishing off with three really
strong home contests. I think we are poised
to surprise a few folks, but we have to put
the work in. I think we put the work in
today and a consistent effort, and the
players weren't willing to let this one get
away from them."
The Lady Cougars
will play their final road game of the
regular season on Wednesday when MVNU
travels to Goshen (Ind.) College for another
MCC contest that will tip off at 7 p.m.