Women's Basketball: Mount Union Takes on Otterbein at Home Saturday

Sarah Grippi (Photo By: Ed Hall)
Sarah Grippi (Photo By: Ed Hall)

ALLIANCE, Ohio- Mount Union's women's basketball team hosts Otterbein in an Ohio Athletic Conference game Saturday January, 23 at 3 p.m.   

What: Mount Union (12-4, 6-3 OAC) vs. Otterbein (8-8, 3-6 OAC)

When: Saturday, January 23– 3 p.m.

Where: McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex- Alliance, Ohio

Online Coverage:  Live stats  |  Video

Game Preview: Mount Union is coming off a 64-61 win against Marietta Wednesday.

The Purple Raiders improve to 12-4 overall and 7-2 in the OAC while the win was career win No. 200 for head coach Suzy Venet.  Venet, who played at Mount Union from 1994-98, has 189 wins with the Raiders and 11 in one year as the head coach at Manchester (Ind.).

Annie Bova (Parma Heights/Beaumont) had a game-high of 29 points and Bella Pecchia (North Ridgeville/North Ridgeville) added 12 points to lead the Raiders.

Bova leads the team and is second in the OAC with 20.3 ppg. Abby Wemhoff (Kent/Kent Roosevelt) leads the team in rebounds with a total of 98 and averages 6.1 per game. Rachel Tinkey (Canfield/Canfield) is leading the OAC in three-point percentage with 45. 

Otterbein is coming off a 56-52 win against Wilmington on Wednesday. Abby Miduri led the Cardinals with 15 points while Amariah Huck was right behind her with 14 points and 18 rebounds.

Coaches: Suzy Venet is in her 10th season as head women's basketball coach at Mount Union. Since taking over as coach, she has brought the Raiders three OAC Tournament titles, two OAC regular season titles and three-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament including making it to the Sweet 16 in 2010 and 2012.  Venet was named the OAC Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012 and Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year by both the WBCA and D3Hoops.com in 2010 and 2012.

Connie Richardson begins her 25th season as head coach for Otterbein women's basketball. Richardson ranks as the winningest coach in women's basketball at Otterbein, compiling a 324-296 record since her arrival in 1991. Richardson guided the Cardinals to their best season in program history in 2012-13, going 21-7 overall, advancing to the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Tournament championship for just the second time and making the school's first-ever NCAA appearance in women's basketball.

Up Next: Mount Union hosts OAC opponent Baldwin Wallace Wednesday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. 

Player Notes:

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

  • Started every game so far this season
  • Played in 92 career games with 70 starts 
  • Career-high 31 points vs Elmira (N.Y.) (11/20/15)
  • Career-high 8 rebounds vs. Capital (12/6/14)
  • Career-high 2 blocks (4 times) last vs. Ohio Northern (1/8/15)
  • Career-high 5 steals vs. Capital (12/5/15)  
  • 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)

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

  • Played in 16 games this season.
  • 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, Sr., G, Berlin Center/Western Reserve

  • Played in 16 game this season.
  • Career-high 8 points vs. John Carroll (1/17/15)
  • Career-high 4 rebounds vs. Ohio Northern (1/7/15)
  • 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, Sr., G, Alliance/Marlington

  • Played in 16 game this season making 16 starts
  • Career-high 30 points vs. John Carroll (1/16/16)
  • Career-high 7 rebounds vs. Muskingum (1/13/16)
  • Career-high 5 assists vs. Muskingum (1/14/15)
  • Career-high 3 steals (twice) vs. Earlham (11/17/13), Marietta (2/19/14)

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

  • Played in 16 game this season making 16 starts
  • Season/Career-high 3 rebounds vs. John Carroll (2/18/15)
  • Season/Career-high 7 points vs. Otterbein (1/24/15)
  • Season/Career-high 3 assists vs. Penn State-Altoona (11/16/14)

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

  • Played in 16 game this season making 16 starts
  • Season/Career-high 9 rebounds vs. Marietta (1/21/15)
  • Season/Career-high 23 points vs. Heidelberg (2/23/15)
  • Season/Career-high 2 assists (4 times) last vs. Wilmington (2/21/15)
  • Season/Career-high 2 steals (twice) last vs. Heidelberg (2/23/15)

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

  • Played in 16 game this season.
  • Season/Career-high 3 rebounds (3 times) last vs. La Roche (Pa.) (11/24/15)
  • Season/Career-high 7 points vs. Baldwin Wallace (12/3/14)

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

  • Played in 16 game this season making 16 starts
  • Season/Career-high 14 rebounds vs. La Roche (Pa.) (11/24/15)
  • Season/Career-high 11 points vs. Wilmington (1/9/16)
  • Season/Career-high 3 assists (twice) last vs. La Roche (Pa.) 11/24/15)

Abbey Bartoszewicz

  • Played in 16 games this season
  • Season/Career-high 8 points vs. John Carroll (1/16/16)
  • Season/Career-high 2 steals vs. Waynesburg (Pa.) (11/21/15)
  • Season/Career-high 1 rebound twice, last vs. Baldwin Wallace (12/2/15)

Casey Morrissette, Fr., G, Wakeman/Firelands

  • Played in 14 game this season
  • Season/Career-high 3 rebounds vs. La Roche (11/24/15)
  • Season/Career-high 2 points vs. Kalamazoo (11/15/15)
  • Season/Career-high 2 assists vs. Kalamazoo (11/15/15)

Rachel Tinkey, Fr., G, Canfield/Canfield

  • Played in 14 games this season
  • Season/Career-high 3 rebounds vs. Kalamazoo (11/15/15)
  • Season/Career-high 16 points (twice) last vs. Wilmington (1/6/16)
  • Season/Career-high 1 assist vs. Kalamazoo (11/15/15)
  • Season/Career-high 1 steal vs. Kalamazoo (11/15/15)

Jaime Sanborn, Fr., F, Twinsburg/Twinsburg

  • Played in 16 game this season
  • Season/Career-high 5 rebounds vs. Kalamazoo (11/15/15)
  • Season/Career-high 8 points vs. Kalamazoo (11/15/15)
  • Season/Career-high 4 steals vs. Capital (12/5/15)
  • Season/Career-high 2 assist vs. Kalamazoo (11/15/15)

Anna Alkire, Fr., G, 5-5, Massillon/Jackson 

  • Played in 16 games this season
  • Season/Career-high 3 rebounds vs. Ohio Northern (1/6/16
  • Season/Career-high 6 points vs. Wilmington (1/9/16) 
  • Season/Career-high 1 steal (three times) last vs. Wilmington (1/9/16)
  • Season/Career-high 1 assist vs. Wilmington (1/9/16)