Women's Basketball

 
November 16, 2012

#6 Women's Basketball Beats #5 Illinois Wesleyan in Season Opener

N. MANCHESTER, Ind. – No. 6 ranked Mount Union exacted a small amount of payback in their season opener Friday night as the Purple Raiders knocked off No. 5 ranked and defending national champions Illinois Wesleyan in the Bankers Classic at Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana.

Illinois Wesleyan (0-1) hit a shot at buzzer in an NCAA Sweet 16 game in Alliance eight months ago to win 70-69 and go on to win the National Championship.

All-American senior guard Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) led Mount Union with 19 points and six steals. Senior Marybeth Leitch (Rocky River/Rocky River) posted a career-best 11 points in her first career start while senior Brittany Kilgore (Northfield/Nordonia) had 10 points and five rebounds.

A back and forth first half featured 12 lead changes, Mount Union led 35-34 at the break. The start of the second half featured more of the same as the score was tied at 48 with 13 minutes to play when the Raiders went on an 18-6 surge over the next seven minutes to take a 66-52 lead.

Illinois Wesleyan got no closer than five points the rest of the way.

Mount Union takes on host Manchester (Ind.) tomorrow at 3 pm.

Newspaper Box Score
Illinois Wesleyan vs Mount Union
11/16/12 5 p.m. at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena
At Stauffer-Wolfe Arena
MOUNT UNION 73, ILLINOIS WESLEYAN 68
ILLINOIS WESLEYAN (0-1)
Jackson, Shelby 10-16 0-0 21; Seibring, Katy 5-6 2-2 15; Gardner, Melissa
4-14 0-0 12; Bilek, Michelle 4-10 2-2 10; McMahon, Colleen 1-3 2-2 4; White,
Abbey 2-5 0-0 4; Baltes, Lexi 1-4 0-0 2; Beoletto, Emily 0-1 0-0 0;
Ellsworth, Samantha 0-0 0-0 0; Reaber, Taylor 0-1 0-0 0; Scurlock, Whitney
0-1 0-0 0; Ransom, Morgan 0-0 0-0 0; Mullarkey, Kaitlyn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals
27-61 6-6 68.
MOUNT UNION (1-0)
Rosa LaMattina 6-15 5-6 19; Marybeth Leitch 4-7 3-4 11; Brittany Kilgore
5-12 0-0 10; Annie Bova 3-9 0-0 7; Chandler Moore 2-2 0-0 6; Nancy Osborne
2-3 0-0 5; Maggie Miller 2-2 0-0 5; Tierney Allen 2-5 0-0 4; Aly Daniel 1-4
2-2 4; Kensie Kimble 1-4 0-0 2; Amanda Turner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-63 10-12
73.
Illinois Wesleyan.............   34   34  -   68
Mount Union...................   35   38  -   73
3-point goals--Illinois Wesleyan 8-23 (Gardner, Melissa 4-11; Seibring, Katy
3-3; Jackson, Shelby 1-3; White, Abbey 0-1; Baltes, Lexi 0-1; McMahon,
Colleen 0-1; Bilek, Michelle 0-3), Mount Union 7-21 (Rosa LaMattina 2-9;
Chandler Moore 2-2; Annie Bova 1-5; Nancy Osborne 1-2; Maggie Miller 1-1;
Tierney Allen 0-2). Fouled out--Illinois Wesleyan-Baltes, Lexi, Mount
Union-None. Rebounds--Illinois Wesleyan 35 (Baltes, Lexi 8), Mount Union 36
(Tierney Allen 8). Assists--Illinois Wesleyan 22 (Baltes, Lexi 6), Mount
Union 17 (Marybeth Leitch 6). Total fouls--Illinois Wesleyan 15, Mount Union
14. Technical fouls--Illinois Wesleyan-None, Mount Union-None.

 

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