Mount Union Women's Basketball Opens 2013-14 Season at Nan Nichols Classic in Wooster Saturday

Mount Union Women's Basketball Opens 2013-14 Season at Nan Nichols Classic in Wooster Saturday

The Mount Union women's basketball team opens their 2013-14 season on the road as they travel to Wooster to play in the Nan Nichols Classic, where they will face-off against Thiel (Pa.) Saturday, November 16 at 1 pm.

The Purple Raiders play five of their first eight games on the road as an 11-game home schedule opens with the M-Club Shootout November 22-23 at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex on campus.  The shootout features two games each day as Hanover (Ind.) and Denison start the tournament at 5 pm on November 22 followed by Mount Union versus Waynesburg (Pa.).  On November 23, the consolation game is at 1 pm followed by the championship game.

Mount Union heads back out on the road to close out the month of November with a non-conference game November 26 at Bethany (W.Va.).

The Ohio Athletic Conference opener is December 4 at 7:30 pm at John Carroll and the Raiders return home on December 7 to play Heidelberg.  Road games at Otterbein (Dec. 14) and Baldwin Wallace (Dec. 18) are on the schedule before two games at the Ohio Weslyan Hoops for Hope Classic December 29-30 in Delaware, Ohio.

Mount Union opens 2014 with home games against Capital (Jan. 4) and defending OAC champs Ohio Northern (Jan. 11) before road trips at Marietta (Jan. 15) and Wilmington (Jan. 18).

The Raiders start the second half of the conference schedule home against Heidelberg (Jan. 25) and John Carroll (Jan. 29).

In February, the remainder of the conference slate includes games at Capital (Feb. 1), Muskingum (Feb. 12), Ohio Northern (Feb. 15) and Wilmington (Feb. 22) with home dates against Baldwin Wallace (Feb. 5), Otterbein (Feb. 8) and Marietta (Feb. 19).  

Ninth year head coach Suzy Venet led the Raiders to a fourth straight 20-win season in 2012-13 and the Raiders return two starters in junior center Aly Daniel (Willard/Willard) and sophomore guard Annie Bova (Parma Heights/ Beaumont).

Daniel averaged 8.4 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game on her way to an All-OAC Honorable Mention selection last season and Bova averaged 7.4 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game.  

Other key returners include seniors Olivia Holt (Williamsfield/Pymatuning Valley), Bridget Lyons (Avon Lake/Avon Lake), Amanda Turner (Wooster/Wooster) and Megan Saunders (Lakewood/Lakewood), juniors Chandler Moore (Girard, Pa./Girard) and Nancy Osborne (North Canton/GlenOak) with sophomores Sarah Grippi (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township), Katie Reed (Alliance/Marlington) and Abby Wemhoff (Kent/Kent Roosevelt).

Depth is key to Mount Union's full court attack and a group of talented freshmen led by Emma Horning (Suffield/Akron Hoban), Robyn Brown (Woodland Hills, Calif./Chaminade College Prep) and Kelsey Scott (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) look to contribute.

2013-14 Mount Union's Women's Basketball Schedule

Date         Opponent     Location   Time
November                    
Sat   16     vs. Thiel (Pa.)!     Wooster   1:00 PM  
Sun   17     vs. Earlham (Ind.)!     Wooster   1:00 PM
Fri   22     Waynesburg (Pa.)#     The MAAC   7:00 PM  
Sat   23     Hanover (Ind.)/Denison #     The MAAC   TBA  
Tue   26     at Bethany (W.Va.)      Bethany, W.Va   6:00 PM
December  
Wed   4     at John Carroll*     University Heights, Ohio   7:30 PM  
Sat   7     Heidelberg     The MAAC   3:00 PM  
Sat   14     at Otterbein *     Westerville, Ohio   3:00 PM  
Wed   18     at Baldwin Wallace *     Berea, Ohio   7:30 PM  
Sun   18     vs. Adrian (Mich.)^     Delaware, Ohio   8:00 PM  
Mon   28     vs. Ohio Wesleyan ^     Delaware, Ohio   TBA  
January  
Sat   4     Capital *     The MAAC   3:00 PM  
Sat   11     Ohio Northern *     The MAAC   3:00 PM  
Wed   15     at Marietta *     Marietta, Ohio   7:30 PM  
Sat   18     at Wilmington *     Wilmington, Ohio   3:00 PM
Wed   22     Muskingum *     The MAAC   7:30 PM  
Sat   25     at Heidelberg *     Tiffin, Ohio   3:00 PM
Wed   29     John Carroll *     The MAAC   7:30 PM  
February  
Sat   1     at Capital *     Columbus, Ohio   3:00 PM
Wed   5     Baldwin Wallace *     The MAAC   7:30 PM  
Sat   8     Otterbein *     The MAAC   3:00 PM  
Wed   12     at Muskingum *     New Concord, Ohio   7:30 PM
Sat   15     at Ohio Northern *     Ada, Ohio   3:00 PM
Wed   19     Marietta *     The MAAC   7:30 PM  
Sat   22     Wilmington *     The MAAC   3:00 PM  

Home games in bold.

* OAC Game
! Nan Nichols Classic
# M-Club Classic
^ Hoops for Hope Bishop Classic