SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - The Mount Union women's basketball team secured a 70-37 victory over non-conference opponent Wittenberg Friday evening to take first place in Wittenberg's Charles B. Zimmerman Memorial Classic Tournament.
The Purple Raiders (7-4, 2-2 OAC) were led by senior guard Abbey Bartoszewicz (Wexford, Pa./Vincentian Academy), who recorded two three-pointers and 12 total points. Sophomore forward Jaime Sanborn (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) led the team in rebounds with 12.
Mount Union had a slow start in the first quarter as the team trailed Wittenberg after the Tigers recorded seven unanswered points in the first five minutes of play. A layup by Sanborn sparked an 11-0 run for the Raiders, which led Mount Union to overtake the lead with 1:25 remaining in the first period; Mount Union held this lead through the remainder of play.
The Raiders ran away from Wittenberg in the third quarter after going on a 23-12 scoring surge, giving Mount Union a 52-33 lead over the Tigers (5-9) and ultimately sealing the victory. Sophomore Rachel Tinkey (Canfield/Canfield) made back-to-back three-point jump-shots, while Bartoszewicz and senior Cassie Hennessy (Lancaster/Lancaster) each recorded a three-pointer as well.
Mount Union held Wittenberg to just four points in the fourth quarter and outscored their opponent 18-4, which resulted in a final score of 70-37.
Overall, the Raiders outscored its opponent by more than double in the paint (30-12) and recorded 35 points from the bench.
Mount Union travels to Berea, Ohio to play conference opponent Baldwin Wallace on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m.