ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- As the weather was getting colder outside Saturday, so was the Mount Union women's basketball team's shooting inside as the Purple Raiders suffered a 56-44 loss to New Paltz (N.Y.) at the Chuck Resler Tournament at the University of Rochester.
The Raiders got a game-high 22 points from All-Tournament team member Abbey Bartoszewicz (Wexford, Pa./Venetian Academy) and led 29-19 at the half, but shot just 4-of-27 from the floor in the second half to fall to 1-2 on the season.
New Paltz (2-1) had three players in double figures led by 19 from Kit Small.
The score was tied at nine with just under three minutes to play in the first quarter when the Raiders scored nine straight points -- seven from Bartoszewicz-- to lead 18-11 at the end of the period.
Mount Union extended that lead to as many as 15 points, 28-13, when Cassie Hennessy (Lancaster/Lancaster) hit a jumper with 4:45 left in the half. The Raiders held a 10-point lead, 29-19, into the break.
New Paltz opened the second half on a 10-2 surge to get within two points of the Raiders with 5:35 remaining in the third.
New Paltz tied the game two more times and took a 38-35 lead on a Small free throw with 48 seconds left in the quarter.
Bartoszewicz tied the game on a three-pointer to start the fourth quarter, but New Paltz answered with a three from Marion Dietz which sparked a 12-0 run to put the game away.
Mount Union next hosts Denison on Monday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at The MAAC.