Women's Basketball: Mount Union Hosts John Carroll

Chandler Moore
Chandler Moore

ALLIANCE, Ohio—Mount Union's women's basketball team hosts John Carroll in an Ohio Athletic Conference game Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 pm.

There will be LIVE Stats  and LIVE Video available for the Wednesday evening game.

SCOUTING MOUNT UNION 

The Purple Raiders (9-14, 5-11 OAC) snapped a five-game skid Saturday defeating Heidelberg 70-61. Mount Union is second in the conference in scoring (67.3) and leading the OAC in three-point percentage (37.7). Junior Annie Bova (Parma Heights/Beaumont) is second in the OAC in scoring, averaging 15.0 points per game while junior Katie Reed (Alliance/Marlington) is second on the team in scoring (8.7 ppg). Senior Chandler Moore (Girard, Pa./Girard) is leading the team averaging 5.2 boards per game and 2.4 assists per game.

SCOUTING JOHN CARROLL

John Carroll (20-3, 13-3 OAC) is on a two-game win streak including a 69-61 victory over Marietta Saturday. The Blue Streaks have four players averaging double figures in scoring with Katlyn Spahar scoring leading the conference with 19.4 points per game and Meghan Weber adding 11.3 points per game. Beth Switzler is leading the team in rebounds (9.3 rpg) while adding 13.1 points per game.

EARLIER THIS SEASON

Mount Union trailed by one before a Moore three pointer gave the Raiders the lead—19-17--at the 11:07 mark of the first half. Six straight points for Pryor moved JCU into the lead on a 12-2 run with six minutes remaining. Back-to-back shots from behind the arc for Bova and Moore tied the game—29-29—at the 5:03 mark. In a half that saw five ties and eight lead changes, Mount Union trailed by one—35-34—going into the locker room. John Carroll opened the half on a 21-10 run to take a nine point lead—53-44—at the 11:12 mark. Five straight points for Bova cut the lead in half giving John Carroll just a four point lead with under 10 minutes left in the game. JCU went on an 8-2 run to gain a 10 point lead—61-51—with five minutes left in the game fueled by Spahars four points. The Blue Streaks would go on to defeat the Raiders 70-60.

THE SERIES

This will be the 68th meeting between the two teams with Mount Union holding the 40-27 lead in the series.

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.

Kelly Morrone (South Carolina '03) is in her second 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…

Mount Union hosts Wilmington in the final game of the regular season as three seniors will be recognized prior to the start of the game, Saturday, Feb. 21 at 3:00 pm at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

Projected Mount Union Starters

Annie Bova, G, 15.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg

Nancy Osborne, G, 7.7 ppg, 1.3 apg

Chandler Moore, G, 7.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.4 apg

Isabella Pecchia, C, 6.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg

Colleen Kennehan, G, 1.8 apg

Projected John Carroll Starters

Meghan Weber, Sr., C
Emily Taylor, Sr., G
Katlyn Spahar, So., F
Beth Switzler, Sr., G
Shmoo Pryor, Fr., G

Mount Union Player Notes

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

  • Played in 21 games this season making 21 starts
  • Team leading scorer (15.0 ppg)
  • Career-high 30 points vs Transylvania (Ky.) (11/22/14)
  • Career-high 8 rebounds vs. Capital (12/6/14)
  • Career-high 2 blocks (4 times) last vs. Ohio Northern (1/8/15)
  • Career-high 4 steals (2 times) last vs. Heidelberg (12/7/13)
  • Career-high 4 assists at Otterbein (02/02/13)
  • 2014 Greg Richards Memorial All-Tournament Team (9/16/14)
  • Tied for school record in three-pointers made in game (8) vs. Muskingum (02/06/13)

Nancy Osborne, Sr., G, North Canton/GlenOak

  • Played in all 23 games this season making 23 starts
  • Teams third-leading scorer (7.2 ppg)
  • Season-high 15 points vs. Kalamazoo (Mich.) (12/14/13)
  • Career-high 18 points vs. Muskingum (1/14/15)
  • Career-high 7 rebounds vs. Otterbein (1/24/15)
  • Career-high 6 assists vs. Hanover (Ind.) (11/23/13)
  • Career-high 3 steals vs. Muskingum (1/14/15)

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

  • Played in all 23 games this season making 23 starts
  • Leads the team with 5.2 rebounds per game
  • Teams fifth-leading scorer (6.4 ppg)
  • First career double-double 14 points and 10 rebounds vs Otterbein (1/24/15)
  • Career-high 23 points vs. Otterbein (2/7/14)
  • Career-high 10 rebounds vs. Otterbein (1/24/15)
  • Career-high 4 assists vs John Carroll (1/17/15)
  • Career-high 4 steals at Muskingum (2/12/14)
  • Has played in 79 career games

Sarah Grippi, Jr., C, Venetia, Pa./Peters Township

  • Played in 19 games this season making 13 starts before suffering a season ending injury
  • Teams second-leading rebounder with 4.4 rebounds per game
  • Career-high 20 points vs. Adrian (12/29/13)
  • Career-high 14 rebounds vs. Hanover (11/23/13)
  • Career-high 6 assists vs. John Carroll (1/29/14)
  • Career-high 6 steals at Muskingum (2/12/14)

Colleen Kennehan, Jr., G, Berlin Center/Western Reserve

  • Played in all 23 games this season making 17 starts
  • Teams second-leading assists per game (1.8 apg)
  • Career-high 8 points vs. John Carroll (1/17/15)
  • Career-high 2 rebounds (9 times) last vs. Muskingum (2/24/14)
  • Career-high 5 assists at Heidelberg (2/3/14), Marietta (2/19/14)
  • Career-high 3 steals (3 times) last at Ohio Northern (2/15/14)

Katie Reed, Jr., G, Alliance/Marlington

  • Played in 22 games this season
  • Teams second-leading scorer (8.7 ppg)
  • Career-high 20 points vs. Otterbein (1/24/15)
  • Career-high 6 rebounds (twice) last vs. Bethany (12/30/13)
  • Career-high 5 assists vs. Muskingum (1/14/15)
  • Career-high 3 steals (twice) vs. Earlham (11/17/13), Marietta (2/19/14)

Paiten Strother, Fr., G, Glenmont/West Holmes

  • Played in all 23 games this season
  • Collegiate debut vs. Case Western Reserve (11/15/14)
  • Scored first collegiate points vs. Case Western Reserve (11/15/14)
  • Season/Career-high 7 rebounds vs. Penn State-Altoona (11/16/14)

Shayna Panchik, Jr., G, Natrona Heights, Pa./St. Joseph

  • Played in all 23 games this season making two starts
  • Season/Career-high 2 rebounds vs. Baldwin Wallace (12/3/14)
  • Season/Career-high 7 points vs. Otterbein (1/24/15)
  • Season/Career-high 3 assists vs. Penn State-Altoona (11/16/14)

Isabella Pecchia, Fr., C,North Ridgeville/North Ridgeville

  • Played in all 23 games this season making 10 starts
  • Season/Career-high 9 rebounds vs. Marietta (1/21/15)
  • Season/Career-high 10 points vs. Marietta (1/21/15)

Kelsey Scott, So., F, New Castle, Pa./New Castle

  • Played in 20 games this season
  • Season/Career-high 3 rebounds vs. Baldwin Wallace (12/3/14) and Capital (12/6/14)
  • Season/Career-high 7 points vs. Baldwin Wallace (12/3/14)

Halle Rubino, Fr., G, Mayfield Hts./Mayfield 

  • Played in all 23 games this season making three starts
  • Season/Career-high 3 rebounds vs. John Carroll (1/7/15)
  • Season/Career-high 12 points vs. Capital (12/6/14)
  • Season/Career-high 3 assists vs. Penn State-Altoona (11/16/14) & Transylvania (11/22/14)

Jasmine Bonivel, Fr., F, Waterville/Anthony Wayne

  • Played in 21 games this season
  • Season/Career-high 9 rebounds vs. Penn State-Altoona (12/3/14)
  • Season/Career-high 10 points vs. La Roche (12/20/14)
  • Season/Career-high 5 steals vs. Penn State-Altoona (12/3/14)
  • Season/Career-high 4 assists vs. Muskingum (1/14/15)

Abby Wemhoff, Jr., F, Kent/Kent Roosevelt

  • Played in 17 games this season making two starts
  • Season/Career-high 8 rebounds vs. Muskingum (2/4/15)
  • Season/Career-high 6 points vs. Capital (1/31/15)