Women's Basketball

#6 Women's Basketball Hosts Bethany (W.Va.) in Home Opener

Nationally-ranked Mount Union (#6 in D3hoops.com and ESPN/USA TODAY Coaches polls) hosts Bethany (W.Va.) in its home opener Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 6 pm at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

The first 500 fans will be able to pick up a schedule magnet.

Mount Union is 2-0 and enters the game with a non-conference win streak of 25 games dating back to the 2008-09 season.

The Purple Raiders wins last weekend came against No. 5 ranked Illinois Wesleyan, 73-68 and Manchester (Ind.), 66-50.  

All-American senior Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) picked up right where she left off a year ago as she averaged 16.5 points, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals and 2.5 rebounds per game to pick-up tournament MVP honors.

Fellow senior Marybeth Leitch (Rocky River/Rocky River) made her first two career starts and averaged 10.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game to garner all-tournament honors.

Another senior that opened solid was guard Tierney Allen (Alliance/Alliance) who leads the team with 9.0 rebounds per game.

Bethany is 0-2 to start the season after a pair of losses at the Wilmington Tip-Off Tournament.  The Bison lost 59-42 to fellow Ohio Athletic Conference member Wilmington then a 67-51 loss to Denison.

Junior wing Taylor Verrico leads Bethany with 10.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

Mount Union goes back on the road this weekend playing Saturday at 1 pm at Waynesburg (Pa.).

COACHES

Suzy Venet (Mount Union '98) is 134-63 in her eighth season at her Alma mater.  Venet was an All-American for the Purple Raiders and is the OAC's all-time assists leader.  As head coach, the Raiders have won two OAC regular season titles, three OAC Tournament titles and made three-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament.  She is a two-time OAC Coach of the Year and was WBCA Region and D3hoops Region Coach of the Year in 2012.  She was an assistant coach at Bowling Green and Minnesota State-Mankato then got her first head coaching job at Manchester (Ind.).  Including her season at Manchester, her career coaching record is 145-79.

Rebecca Upton (Westminster, Pa. '00) is 94-120 in her eighth season at Bethany.  The Bison enjoyed their best season under Upton in 2011-12. In addition to winning 17 games and reaching the PAC Tournament semifinals, Bethany earned a bid to the ECAC Tournament, the program's first postseason appearance since 2004.

Mount Union Career Scoring Records

  1. Kerri Canning (1997-2001) - 1,605
  2. Dana Zarzycki (1991-1995) - 1,580
  3. Ashley Bourdeau (2001-2005) - 1,545
  4. Suzy Venet (1994-1998) - 1,528
  5. Kori Wiedt (2008-2012) - 1,280
  6. Tracy Wilson (1992-1996) - 1,228
  7. Rosa LaMattina (2009-present) – 1,199
  8. Katie Harrington (1996-2000) - 1,184
  9. Cindy Bash (1984-1987) - 1,175
  10. Amanda Rose (2008-2012) - 1,111
  11. Lauren Friedrich (2003-2007) - 1,110
  12. Alicia Williams (2004-2008) - 1,064
  13. Holly Rhodes (1990-1994) - 1,016

MOUNT UNION PLAYER NOTES

Rosa LaMattina, Sr., PG, Westlake/Westlake

  • 12th player in school history to score over 1,000 career points - 7th on school's all-time list with (1,199 points)
  • Manchester Tournament MVP
  • 2012-13 D3hoops.com Preseason All-American
  • 2012 OAC Player of the Year
  • Has started every game of college career - 92 games
  • Season-high 19 points and six steals vs. Illinois Wesleyan (11/16/12)
  • Season-high 5 rebounds and 4 assists at Manchester (11/17/12)
  • Career-high 27 points vs. Baldwin-Wallace (2/10/10)
  • Career-high 9 rebounds vs. Union (N.Y.) (11/27/10)
  • Career-high 9 assists at Muskingum (1/18/12)
  • Career-high 7 steals at Muskingum (1/18/12)
  • Two-time All-OAC Second Team
  • 2009-10 OAC Freshman of the Year

Tierney Allen, Sr., G, Alliance/Alliance

  • Started two games this season ... 31 career starts ... 74 career games played
  • Season-high 6 points at Manchester (11/17/12)
  • Season and career-high 10 rebounds at Manchester (11/17/12)
  • Career-high 15 points vs. Muskingum (2/1/12)
  • Career-high four steals vs. Ohio Northern (1/7/12)
  • Career-high five assists vs. Marietta (1/4/12), vs. John Carroll (1/25/12) vs. Ohio Northern (2/25/12)
  • Started 29 games last season

Brittany Kilgore, Sr., C, Northfield/Nordonia

  • Started two games this season
  • Has played in 68 career games and made 13 starts
  • Season-high 10 points and 5 rebounds vs. Illinois Wesleyan (11/16/12)
  • Career-high 30 points and 11 rebounds vs. John Carroll (12/8/10)

Megan Saunders, Jr,, F, Lakewood/Lakewood

  • Came off the bench in 1 game this season
  • Career-high 10 points at St. John Fisher (N.Y.) (11/28/10)
  • Career-high 7 rebounds vs. Capital (12/10/11)

Aly Daniel, So., C, Willard/Willard

  • Came off the bench in two games this season and all 30 games last season
  • Season-high 12 points at Manchester (11/17/12)
  • Season-high 3 rebounds vs. Illinois Wesleyan (11/16/12)
  • Had career-best 15 points vs. Heidelberg (2/18/12)
  • Had career-high eight rebounds at Wilmington (12/17/11)

Marybeth Leitch, Sr., F, Rocky River/Rocky River

  • Started both games this season ... Came off the bench in 29 games last season
  • Season-high and career-high 11 points and 6 assists vs. Illinois Wesleyan (11/16/12)
  • Season-high 7 rebounds at Manchester (11/17/12)
  • career-high eight rebounds vs. Wilmington (2/4/12)
  • All-tournament team at Manchester

Nancy Osborne, So. G., Canton/GlenOak

  • Started both games this season ... Came off the bench in 12 games last season
  • Season-high and career-high 5 points, 2 steals, 2 assists vs. Illinois Wesleyan (11/16/12)

Olivia Holt, Sr., G, Williamsfield/Pymatuning Valley

  • Came off the bench in one game and 29 games last season
  • Career high five points at Wilmington (12/17/11)
  • Career high four rebounds vs. Wilmington (12/17/11) and Heidelberg (2/18/12)

Maggie Miller, Sr., G, Salem/United Local

  • Came off the bench two games this season and all 30 games last season
  • Season-high 5 points and 2 assists vs. Illinois Wesleyan (11/16/12)
  • Career-high eight points vs. Drew (N.J.) (12/20/11)
  • Career-high five assists vs. Heidelberg (2/18/12)

Annie Bova, Fr., G, Parma Heights/Beaumont

  • Came off the bench in two games this season
  • Season/Career-high 7 points, 4 rebounds vs. Illinois Wesleyan (11/16/12)

Chandler Moore, So., G. Girard, Pa./Girard

  • Came off the bench in two games this season
  • Season/career-high 6 points, 2 rebounds vs. Illinois Wesleyan (11/16/12)

Kensie Kimble, Sr., G, 5-9, Dennison/Claymont

  • Came off the bench in two games this season
  • Season/career-high 6 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds at Manchester (11/17/12)

 

 

 

 

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