Lady Cougar Basketball Game Recap
Fletcher and Defense Leads MVNU to
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. (11-19-2011) - The Mount
Vernon Nazarene University women's
basketball team got 26 points from senior
guard Sierra Fletcher and the Lady Cougars'
defense limited Point Park (Pa.) University
to just 14.8 percent shooting from the field
in the second half as MVNU posted a 55-48
non-conference road win on Saturday
afternoon to remain unbeaten on the year.
The visiting Lady Cougars (5-0) never
led in the first half and trailed by as much
as 29-18 with 3:45 left before the break
when April Austin nailed a 3-pointer for the
host Lady Pioneers (4-3). Then, MVNU used a
9-0 run to pull within 29-27 before going to
the locker room at the half down 31-27.
Senior forward Alexis Harkins fueled the
comeback with four points, freshman forward
Ainsleigh Krause added a three-point play,
and junior post Courtney Swart made a layup.
(left) led the
Lady Cougars with 10 points in the first
half, while Harkins added eight points. MVNU
shot 30.6 percent from the field
(11-for-36), 25 percent from 3-point range
(2-for-8), and made all three of its free
Austin paced Point
Park with 10 points in the first half, and
Kristen Beatty added eight points. The Lady
Pioneers shot 48.3 percent from the field
(14-for-29), 37.5 percent from 3-point range
(3-for-8), and missed all four of their free
Two straight 3-pointers by
Fletcher and a layup by sophomore post Amy
Daniels to open the second half gave the
Lady Cougars the lead for the first time in
the game at 35-31 with 18:31 still to play.
Fletcher's second trey at the 19:05 mark
gave her 1,000 points for her career as she
became the 22nd player in program history to
reach that milestone.
three lead changes and two ties over the
next eight minutes with Point Park clinging
to a 41-38 lead with 10:48 left after a pair
of free throws by Maeve Gallagher.
basket each by Harkins, junior forward Emily
Steveley, and junior guard Melissa Eickholt
started a 9-0 run for MVNU that was capped
off with another trey from Fletcher as the
Lady Cougars took a 47-41 advantage with
7:31 to go.
The Lady Pioneers pulled
within 47-45 on a jumper by Kristen Beatty
with 4:11 remaining, but Krause hit two free
throws and a jumper and Fletcher went
4-for-4 at the charity stripe as MVNU was
able to hold off Point Park 55-48 down the
Fletcher finished with a
game-high 26 points on 7-for-11 shooting
from the field that included a 6-for-7
performance from 3-point range and a 6-for-6
showing at the free throw line. She also
grabbed seven rebounds. Harkins added 10
points and seven rebounds, and Swart
contributed eight rebounds and three blocked
shots. Krause also tossed in seven points
off the bench. The Lady Cougars shot 36.4
percent from the field (20-for-55), 40
percent from 3-point range (6-for-15), and
90 percent from the free throw line
(9-for-10). MVNU also held a 46-35
Point Park with 13 points, while Emily
Schartner added 12 points and eight
rebounds. Austin also tossed in 10 points.
The Lady Pioneers shot 32.1 percent from the
field (18-for-56) after going just 4-for-27
from the field in the second half (14.8
percent). They also shot 23.5 percent from
3-point range (4-for-17) and 44.4 percent
from the free throw line (8-for-18).
"Our defense really did a great job today,"
said MVNU coach Jason Foster. "We had some
great timely stops and really worked hard on
the boards to limit Point Park's offensive
opportunities. This was a great test for us.
It was our first chance to go on the road
and play in some unfamiliar surroundings. We
got great contributions from everyone.
Sierra led us in scoring and really helped
to light a fire under us. Courtney had a big
block with late in the game that really
helped move it from a two-possession game to
a three-possession game. It was a good,
physical game, and I think it helped to get
us ready for conference play."
Lady Cougars will begin Mid-Central College
Conference play on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
when MVNU travels to NAIA Division II No. 24
Grace (Ind.) College (6-2).