Women's Basketball

Women’s Basketball Advances To OAC Semifinals; Beat John Carroll, 82-63

Senior Rosa LaMattina

ALLIANCE, Ohio – No. 3 seed Mount Union defeated No. 6 seed John Carroll, 82-63  in the second round of the Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Tuesday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

With the win, The Purple Raiders (20-6) advance to the semifinals to face No. 2 seed Otterbein Thursday at 7:30 pm in Westerville. 

The Raiders were led by senior Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) with her third career double-double, with a team-high 12 points and 11 assists. LaMattina is now seven points shy of the school's all-time scoring record.

Senior Tierney Allen (Alliance/Alliance) and freshman Annie Bova (Parma Heigths/Beaumont) each chipped in with 10 points as the other double digit scorers.

The Streaks (14-13) were led by junior Melissa Spahar with game-high 18 points, as juniors Allison Lustig and Hilary Liwosz each had 10 points with sophomore Emily Taylor chipping in with 12 points.

John Carroll opened up the game on a 4-0 run to take the lead before Mount Union charged back to tie the game at four. The Raiders controlled the rest of the first half going up by as many as 13 points with 9:39 to play from a Bova three-pointer. The Streaks surged to cut the Raiders lead to seven as Mount Union took a 40-33 lead into the locker room.

Mount Union would never trail in the second half despite the Streaks 12-7 surge to cut the lead to two points 47-45 with 14:09 to play.

The Raiders would answer back with a 25-5 run to cap the victory with just under eight minutes to play to lead by 22 points, 72-50. Mount Union would go on to the victory with the final score 82-63.

Newspaper Box Score
John Carroll vs Mount Union
02/19/13 6:00 pm at Alliance, Ohio -- MAAC
At Alliance, Ohio -- MAAC
MOUNT UNION 82, JOHN CARROLL 63
JOHN CARROLL (14-13, 6-12 OAC)
Melissa Spahar 7-13 4-5 18; Emily Taylor 3-8 4-5 12; Hilary Liwosz 3-6 4-5
10; Allison Lustig 5-8 0-0 10; Beth Switzler 2-7 2-2 6; Elissa Day 1-4 0-0
3; Meghan Weber 1-1 0-0 2; Emily Johanson 1-1 0-0 2; Christie Wade 0-3 0-0
0. Totals 23-51 14-17 63.
MOUNT UNION (20-6, 13-5 OAC)
Rosa LaMattina 4-9 2-2 12; Annie Bova 3-7 2-2 10; Tierney Allen 4-8 2-2 10;
Marybeth Leitch 3-9 2-2 9; Amanda Turner 4-7 0-0 8; Aly Daniel 4-7 0-0 8;
Chandler Moore 2-5 0-0 6; Maggie Miller 2-6 0-0 5; Kensie Kimble 2-5 0-0 5;
Jessie Baldridge 2-4 0-1 4; Bridget Lyons 1-2 0-0 3; Olivia Holt 0-0 2-2 2;
Megan Saunders 0-0 0-0 0; Brittany Kilgore 0-2 0-0 0; Nancy Osborne 0-1 0-0
0; Emily Albanese 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-72 10-11 82.
John Carroll..................   33   30  -   63
Mount Union...................   40   42  -   82
3-point goals--John Carroll 3-11 (Emily Taylor 2-4; Elissa Day 1-2; Allison
Lustig 0-2; Beth Switzler 0-1; Christie Wade 0-2), Mount Union 10-27 (Rosa
LaMattina 2-4; Annie Bova 2-3; Chandler Moore 2-5; Maggie Miller 1-4;
Marybeth Leitch 1-1; Bridget Lyons 1-1; Kensie Kimble 1-2; Brittany Kilgore
0-1; Nancy Osborne 0-1; Amanda Turner 0-2; Tierney Allen 0-3). Fouled
out--John Carroll-None, Mount Union-None. Rebounds--John Carroll 31 (Melissa
Spahar 7), Mount Union 42 (Marybeth Leitch 8). Assists--John Carroll 7
(Allison Lustig 3), Mount Union 21 (Rosa LaMattina 11). Total fouls--John
Carroll 13, Mount Union 14. Technical fouls--John Carroll-None, Mount
Union-None. A-373


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