Lady Cougar Basketball Game Recap
Lady Cougars Pull Away for 82-54
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (11-15-2011) - The Mount
Vernon Nazarene University women's
basketball team used another strong
performance at the free throw line and a
commanding rebounding advantage as the Lady
Cougars pulled away from the University of
Cincinnati-Clermont for an 82-54
non-conference victory on Tuesday night in
the Physical Education Center.
a quick 7-0 start by MVNU (4-0),
Cincinnati-Clermont (4-3) answered with a
12-0 run of its own to take a 12-7 lead at
the 14:11 mark of the first half. Five
different players scored for
Cincinnati-Clermont during the early surge.
The Lady Cougars got things turned
around, though, as MVNU responded with a
29-8 run to close the half as they took a
36-20 lead to the locker room at the break.
Senior guard Sierra Fletcher led the
Lady Cougars with eight first-half points,
while senior forward Alexis Harkins and
sophomore post Amy Daniels tossed in six
points apiece. Junior post Courtney Swart
(left) also came
off the bench and contributed five points
and six rebounds. MVNU shot 35.9 percent
from the field (14-for-39), 30 percent from
3-point range (3-for-10), and 83.3 percent
from the free throw line (5-for-6). The Lady
Cougars also turned 15 Cincinnati-Clermont
turnovers into 19 points.
out in the second half and asserted itself
more on the offensive and defensive ends.
The Lady Cougars immediately began to pull
away as the lead grew to 55-27 over the
first nine minutes of the second half. From
there, MVNU was able to cruise to the
victory thanks in large part to nailing 24
of 28 free throw attempts over the final 20
minutes of action as the Lady Cougars
prevailed 82-54 with Cincinnati-Clermont's
three-points coming on a half-court heave at
the buzzer by Portia Cochrum.
Fletcher finished with 15 points to lead
MVNU, while Daniels added 11 points and five
rebounds. Harkins and junior guard Rachel
Peelman contributed eight points each with
Peelman taking a couple of momentum-gaining
charges. Swart also tallied seven points and
tied with junior forward Emily Steveley for
game-high honors with nine rebounds apiece.
The Lady Cougars shot 38.7 percent from the
field (24-for-62), 29.4 percent from 3-point
range (5-for-17), and 85.3 percent from the
free throw line (29-for-34). MVNU also
posted a 47-29 rebounding advantage.
Ashley Keith led Cincinnati-Clermont with 16
points, while Cochrum finished with 12
points. Cincinnati-Clermont shot 34.5
percent from the field (19-for-55), 41.7
percent from 3-point range (5-for-12), and
78.6 percent from the free throw line
"Tonight, the depth of
this team really showed," said MVNU coach
Jason Foster as the Lady Cougars' bench
outscored Cincinnati-Clermont's reserves
46-27. "In a very physical game, we got
solid contributions from every member of the
team. We got off to a slow start, but we
were able to make some corrections and start
to get on track."
"Being able to use
the depth of the bench really helped us
tonight in that no one really played a lot
of minutes and I think that will help in
this short week," Foster added. "Now, we
have to prove to ourselves that we can play
like this on the road. It is nice to start
at home, but now we got to an opponent who
is playing tough now and then start
conference play on the road."
will return to action on Saturday at 3 p.m.
when the Lady Cougars travel to Point Park
(Pa.) University for a non-conference game.
Then, the team will travel to Grace (Ind.)
College next Tuesday to get conference play
under way at 7 p.m.