Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Hosts Nationally Ranked John Carroll Wednesday

The Mount Union women's basketball team hosts #23 John Carroll in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Wednesday at 7:30 pm at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

The game will be broadcast locally on the radio on WRMU 91.1 FM and there will be a LIVE VIDEO webcast and LIVE STATS at http://livestats.prestosports.com/mount union

The Purple Raiders (9-7, 3-6 OAC) have won two of their last three games including an 83-61 home win against Muskingum last Wednesday.

Mount Union remains is fifth in the conference in scoring (72.1 points per game) and scoring defense (64.9 points allowed per game).

The Raiders are led by sophomore Annie Bova (Parma Heights/Beaumont) who is ranked third in the OAC and leads the Purple Raiders in scoring with 14.6 points per game.

Sophomore Sarah Grippi (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) is second on the team in scoring at 8.6 points per game, third in the conference in shooting percentage (58.6) and leads the team in rebounds with 5.4 per contest.

John Carroll (13-2, 8-2 OAC) is tied with Baldwin Wallace in first place in the OAC. After starting the season 11-0, the Blue Streaks are 2-2 over their last four games including a 74-71 loss to Ohio Northern this past Sunday.

The Blue Streaks are led by the sister act of senior Missy Spahar and freshman Katlyn Spahar.

Missy sits atop the conference in scoring at 25.8 points per game and is second in rebounding at 9.6 rebounds per game.

Katlyn is second on the team in scoring with 12.3 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game.

EARLIER THIS SEASON

John Carroll defeated Mount Union 82-64 in the OAC opener at John Carroll. Sarah Grippi and Nancy Osborne led the Raiders with nine and eight points in the loss. Missy Spahar had a game-high 32 points to lead John Carroll in the victory.

THE SERIES

This will be the 67th meeting between the two teams with Mount Union holding the 40-26 lead in the series. 

THE COACHES

Suzy Venet (Mount Union '98) is 162-77 in her ninth season as head coach at her alma mater. 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. Venet was an All-American player at Mount Union during a time that included three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances with a second place finish in 1996.

Kelly Morrone (South Carolina '03) is 13-2 in her first season as head coach at John Carroll. Morrone was a member of the South Carolina Gamecocks that made two NCAA Tournament appearances and a trip to the Elite Eight in 2002. She made her coaching debut in 2005 when she was named an assistant at the University of Buffalo, guiding their defense that finished second in the Mid-American Conference in field goal percentage and third in scoring defense in 2007-08. She had assistant coaching stints at four other schools, most recently at William & Mary before taking the position at John Carroll this year.

UP NEXT…

The Raiders travel to Columbus when they take on Capital at 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 1 at the Capital Center.

PROJECTED MOUNT UNION STARTERS

Annie Bova, G, 14.6 ppg, 1.3 spg
Sarah Grippi, C, 8.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg
Chandler Moore, G, 5.4 ppg, 1.4 apg
Colleen Kennehan, G, 3.0 ppg
Olivia Holt, F, 4.9 ppg,  4.1 rpg

Mount Union Player Notes

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

  • Played in all 16 games and started 12
  • Leads team in scoring at 14.6 points per game
  • Leads team with 6 blocked shots on the season
  • Leads team with 21 steals
  • Has scored in double figures in 11 games this season
  • Career-high 29 points vs Muskingum (1/22/14)
  • Tied career-high 2 blocks vs. Capital (1/4/14) [John Carroll 12/05/12, at Marietta 2/13/13]
  • Career-high 4 steals vs. Earlham (Ind.) (11/17/13)
  • Tied for school record in three-pointers made in game (8) 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)
  • 2013 M-Club Shootout MVP
  • 2013 Nan Nichols Classic All-Tournament Team

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

  • Played in all 14 games and started 12
  • Has scored in double figures in four games
  • Leads team in three-points percentage 47.4
  • Career-high 3 steals vs. John Carroll (12/4/13)
  • Career-high 17 points vs. Hanover (Ind.) (11/23/13)
  • Career-high 6 assists vs. Hanover (Ind.) (11/23/13)
  • Career-high 5 rebounds vs. Waynesburg (11/22/13)  
  • 2013 M-Club Shootout All-Tournament Team

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

  • Played in all 16 games and started 15
  • Leads team with 34 assists
  • Career-high 9 points vs. Ohio Northern (1/11/14)
  • Career-high 9 rebounds vs. Hanover (11/23/13)
  • Career-high 6 assists vs. Waynesburg (11/22/13)

Bridget Lyons, Sr. C, Avon Lake/Avon Lake

  • Played in all 16 games and started in one
  • Career-high 7 points vs. Bethany (W.Va) (12/30/13)
  • Career-high 6 rebounds at Bethany (W.Va) (12/2/13), at Marietta (1/15/14)

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

  • Played in all 16 games and started 12
  • Career-high 14 points vs.Marietta (1/15/13)
  • Career-high 7 rebounds at Bethany (W.Va) (12/2/13)
  • Career-high 3 steals at Heidelberg (12/8/12) at Baldwin Wallace (01/30/13)
  • Career-high 4 assists (four times) last vs. Muskingum (1/22/14)

Aly Daniel, Jr, C, Willard/Willard

  • Played in all 12 games and started 11
  • Recorded one double-double at Baldwin Wallace (1/30/13) [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 13 games and started four
  • 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 5 rebounds vs. Ohio Northern (1/13/14)
  • Career-high 5 assists vs. Capital (01/26/13)

Katie Reed, So., G, Alliance/Marlington

  • Has played in all 16 games
  • Career-high 14 points against Earlham (11/17/13)
  • Career-high 6 rebounds vs. Hanover (11/23/13), vs. Bethany (W.Va) (12/30/13)
  • Career-high 3 assists at Bethany (W.Va) (12/2/13)
  • Nan Nichols Classic All-Tournament Team (11/17/13)

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

  • Has played in all 16 games and started four
  • Leads with team 5.4 rebounds per game
  • Leads team with 86 rebounds on the season
  • Career-high 20 points vs. Adrian (Mich.) (12/29/13)
  • Career-high 14 rebounds vs. Hanover (Ind.) (11/23/13)
  • Career-high 4 assists vs. Bethany (W.Va) (12/30/13)

Cassi Bowen, So., G, Brunswick/Brunswick

  • Has played in all 16 games and started four
  • Career-high 12 points vs. Waynesburg (11/22/13)
  • Career-high 5 rebounds vs. Capital (1/4/14)

Colleen Kennehan, So, G, Berlin Center/Western Reserve

  • Has played in all 16  games and started four
  • Career-high 7 points vs. Waynesburg (Pa.) (11/22/13)
  • Career-high 4 assists at John Carroll (12/4/13), at Baldwin Wallace (12/1813)

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

  • Has played in all 16 games and started one
  • Career-high eight points vs. Waynesburg (11/23/13), vs. Heidelberg (12/7/13)
  • Career-high 4 assists vs. Ohio Northern (1/11/24)
  • Career-high 4 steals vs. Bethany (W.Va) (12/2/13)
  • Recorded seven rebounds in collegiate debut vs. Thiel (Pa.) (11/16/13)
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