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Muskies earn first OAC win over Heidelberg

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In a game that saw several lineup changes and constant adjustments, the Muskingum University Womens Basketball team came away with a 68-60 win over OAC rival Heidelberg Saturday.

The win was the first in conference play for the Muskies in the 2015 season.

Head Coach Beth Fox changed things up with the starting lineup for the game, giving Leigha Moran her second consecutive start in place of Jasmine Goings, as well as elevating Caitlyn Smith to a starting role over second leading scorer Olivia Besancon.

The Muskies fought hard in the first half, but didn’t shoot well from the field, going down 32-23 at the halftime break. The ladies shot just 27% from the field in the half, as well as making only three of 12 three-point attempts.

The Muskies flipped the script in the second half, using better shooting and a concerted defensive effort to get back in the game and take the lead in the fourth quarter. The Muskies made seven threes in the second half, including two from Mallory Taylor, on their way to building a 12 point lead with 2:06 left in the game.

The Student Princes tried to battle back, but couldn’t crack the Muskie defense late, only getting it down to an eight point Muskie lead near the finish.

Alex Carson led the Muskies offensively with 19 points, but also added five steals on the defensive end. Taylor chipped in with 18 in the contest to aid the effort.

The win puts the Muskies at 5-15 overall on the season and 1-12 in the OAC. The ladies will be back in action on Feb. 10 for the first of three straight road games when they travel to Capital.

Raiders trap Muskies in nail-biter

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A foul on a desperation heave by Mount Union senior guard Annie Bova led to a three point swing and momentum going into the fourth quarter in the Fighting Muskie Womens Basketball loss to the Purple Raiders Wednesday night in the Recreation Center 64-61.

The Muskies led by a single point 46-45 with five seconds left in the third period before Caitlyn Smith fouled the Ohio Athletic Conference’s leading scorer as the clock expired. Bova then made all three free throw attempts to give Mount Union a two point lead going into the final stanza 48-46.

“I thought it was a big turning point for Bova,” said Muskie Head Coach Beth Fox. “She’s a heck of a player, the kind you hate to play against but would love to have on your team.”

The Muskies were led in the contest by Mallory Taylor’s 28 points. Taylor went 9-13 from the field, including 4-5 from downtown, but couldn’t find her rhythm late in the game.

“I thought Mallory had an awesome day,” said Fox.

Leigha Moran stepped into the starting lineup against the Purple Raiders when starter Jasmine Goings did not play due to coach’s decision. Moran scored six points on the night but recorded 10 rebounds to help out defensively.

The Muskies had chances to take back the lead late in the game, but couldn’t get over the hump with the clock winding down in the loss.

“Mount’s a great team,” said Fox. “We definitely took a shot from them early and came back, but sometimes winning is so hard, it gets so mental, and we just have to get comfortable with ending it down the stretch.”

The loss puts the Muskies at 4-10 on the season overall and the team is still searching for their first win against an OAC opponent, standing at 0-7.

The ladies will get another chance to get that first conference win when they go on the road to Wilmington on Saturday.