Women's Basketball Travels to Otterbein Saturday

Women's Basketball Travels to Otterbein Saturday

University of Mount Union Purple Raiders (5-2, 0-2 OAC)
at Otterbein University Cardinals (3-4, 0-2 OAC)
Saturday, December 14, 2013 | 3:00 PM
Rike Center | Westerville, Ohio 

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AT A GLANCE

The Purple Raiders will travel to Westerville, Ohio in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday, afternoon at 3:00 pm. The Raiders are going into Saturday's game on a two-game skid, having lost their first two conference matchups to John Carroll (Dec. 4), and Heidelberg at home last Saturday (Dec. 7), 73-66.

Heidelberg (3-4, 0-2) is also on a two-game skid having lost to Muskingum, 74-62, at home on Saturday Dec. 7.

THE SERIES

While under Venet the Raiders are 11-8 against Otterbein. The Raiders defeated Otterbein in their two regular season matchups, but fell to the Cardinals in the OAC Tournament semifinals in Westerville, 80-57.

THE COACHES

Suzy Venet (Mount Union '98)

is in her ninth season as head coach at Mount Union. Venet played for the Purple Raiders and holds numerous school records, including most points in a season (587 in 1997-98), most career assists (843), career triple-doubles (10) and is fifth on the all-time scoring list (1,528 points). Since taking over, she brought the Raiders back to being one of the nation's top programs, three OAC Tournament titles, two OAC regular season titles, and three straight trips to the NCAA tournament including to the Sweet 16 in 2010 and 2012.

Connie Richardson (Heidelberg '86)

is in her 23rd season as head coach for Otterbein. Richardson was a four-year letterwinner for Heidelberg and led the OAC in scoring (20.1) and rebounding (14.02) during her time as a player. Since taking over, she ranks as the most winningest coach at Otterbein. The Cardinals are coming off their best season in program history last year, going 21-7 overall and advancing to the OAC Tournament championship for just the second time and making their first-ever NCAA appearance in women's basketball.

SCOUTING THE CARDINALS

Otterbein is 0-2 in the conference coming off a 71-69 loss to Marietta (Dec. 4) and a 74-62 loss in their home-opener to Muskingum last Saturday.

The Cardinals average 66.7 points per game, while their opponents average 72.4 points per game.

Otterbein is led by junior Tabatha Piper who averages 16.3 points per game and is second in the conference in rebounding averaging 9.2 rebounds per game.

Sophomore Amariah Huck averages 12.7 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game, while junior Chelsea Reed leads the conference with 34 assists.

DOING WORK

The Raiders lead the conference in points per game (80.1) while holding their opponents to only 66.7 points per game.

Sophomore Sarah Grippi (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) leads the conference shooting 66.7 percent of free throws. 

Mount Union is tied with Capital at fourth with total rebounds (42.3 rpg) and is second in the conference averaging 17.9 assists per game.

UP NEXT...

The Raiders will remain on the road as they travel to Baldwin Wallace on Wednesday, December 18, tip-off is at 7:30 pm.

 

Projected Mount Union Starters

Annie Bova, G, 16.0 ppg, 2.3 spg
Nancy Osborne, G, 9.7 ppg, 2.7 apg
Olivia Holt, F, 5.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.0 apg
Chandler Moore, G, 4.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg
Aly Daniel, C, 7.6 ppgm, 4.1 rpg

 

Mount Union Player Notes

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

  • Started in all seven games
  • Tied for school record in three-pointers made in game (eight) vs. Muskingum (02/06/13)
  • Career-high 24 points vs. Muskingum (02/06/13)
  • Career-high 6 rebounds at Waynesburg (11/24/12) and vs. Baldwin Wallace (12/15/12)
  • Career-high 4 assists at Otterbein (02/02/13)
  • Career-high 4 steals vs. Earlham (Ind.) (11/17/13)
  • Career-high 2 blocks vs. John Carroll (12/05/12) and at Marietta (02/13/13)
  • M-Club Shootout MVP
  • Nan Nichols Classic All-Tournament Team

Nancy Osborne, Jr., G., Canton/GlenOak

  • Started in all seven games
  • Career-high 17 points vs. Hanover (Ind.) (11/23/13)
  • Career-high 6 assists vs. Hanover (Ind.) (11/23/13)
  • Career-high 2 steals vs. Illinois Wesleyan (11/16/12)and vs John Carroll (12/05/12)
  • Career-high 5 rebounds at Waynesburg (11/24/12)
  • M-Club Shootout All-Tournament Team

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

  • Started in all seven games
  • Recorded career-high 8 rebounds vs. Earlham (11/17/13)
  • Career-high 7 points vs Waynesburg (Pa.) (11/22/13) and vs. Bethany (W.Va) (12/2/13)
  • Career-high 6 assists vs Waynesburg (Pa.) (11/22/13)

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

  • Started in all seven games
  • Career-high 8 points vs. Wilmington (01/12/13) and vs. Waynesburg (11/22/13)
  • Career-high 5 rebounds vs Hanover (Ind.) (11/23/13)
  • Career-high 3 steals at Heidelberg (12/8/12) at Baldwin Wallace (01/30/13)
  • Career-high 4 assists vs Wilmington (01/12/13) and vs Muskingum (02/06/13)

Aly Daniel, Jr, C, Willard/Willard

  • Started in all seven games
  • Recorded one double-double at Baldwin Wallace (Jan.30) [14 points and 10 rebounds]
  • Recorded career-high 18 points vs. Bethany (W.Va) (12/2/13)

Amanda Turner, Sr., G, Wooster/Wooster

  • Has played in five games
  • Tied for school record in three-pointers made in game (eight) vs Heidelberg (01/19/13)
  • Career-high 26 points vs. Heidelberg (01/19/13)
  • Career-high 4 rebounds vs. Baldwin Wallace (12/15/12) vs. Albion (Mich.) (12/28/12) and vs. Muskingum (02/09/13)
  • Career-high 5 assists vs. Capital (01/26/13)

Katie Reed, So., G, Alliance/Marlington

  • Has played in all seven games
  • Career-high 14 points against Earlham (11/17/13)
  • Nan Nichols Classic All-Tournament Team (11/17/13)

Sarah Grippi, So., G, Venetia, Pa./Peters Township

  • Has played in all seven games
  • Career-high 10 points vs. Waynesburg (11/22/13)
  • Career-high 14 rebounds vs. Hanover (Ind.) (11/23/13)

Cassi Bowen, So., G, Brunswick/Brunswick

  • Has played in all seven games
  • Career-high 12 points vs. Waynesburg (11/22/13)

Robyn Brown, Fr., F. Woodland Hills, Cali./Chaminade College Prep.

  • Has played in all seven games
  • Career-high eight points vs. Waynesburg (11/23/13) 
  • Recorded seven rebounds in collegiate debut vs. Thiel (Pa.) (11/16/13)