ALLIANCE, Ohio - Sophomore Jaime Sanborn (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) recorded a career-high 18 points in Mount Union's 80-75 overtime loss to Ohio Athletic Conference opponent Marietta in a women's basketball game Wednesday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.
Along with her career-high scoring, Sanborn recorded 10 rebounds, while she and senior Abbey Bartoszewicz (Wexford, Pa./Vincentian Academy) led the Purple Raiders (8-6, 3-4 OAC) with 18 points each.
Marietta (8-6, 2-5 OAC) was led by Brooke Borich, who totaled 27 points and three rebounds for the Pioneers.
The Purple Raiders jumped to an early 8-0 first quarter lead before the Pioneers got on the board with 6:30 left in the period. Bartoszewicz went four for four on free throws and recorded a jump-shot to keep Mount Union ahead with a score of 16-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Marietta cut Mount Union's lead to as few as five points in the second quarter, but the Raiders held on until the break, leading by a score of 25-20.
The third quarter saw two lead changes, as Marietta tied the game at 33 points just under three minutes into play. The Pioneers gained their first lead of the game after Borich made a three-pointer, resulting in a score of 36-33. Mount Union tied the game at 36 points after sophomore Anna Alkire (Massillon/Jackson) made a free throw, but it wasn't until 54 seconds remained that Mount Union regained the lead (44-43) after freshman Tori Rappach (Warren/Howland) made a three-point jump-shot.
The teams went into the final quarter of regulation with Mount Union ahead by a score of 46-43. Marietta tallied nine points to overtake the lead (52-49), but Bartoszewicz responded with a three-pointer to tie the game yet again. Back-to-back three-pointers by Rappach sparked a 9-0 run for the Raiders, giving the team a 61-52 edge over the Pioneers before they could respond. Marietta fought back and regained the lead (68-67) with just over a minute to play in regulation. Sanborn and senior Kelsey Scott (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) each went two for two on free throws to put the Raiders ahead with 43 seconds remaining, but a three-pointer by Marietta's Borich tied the game at 71 to send the game into overtime.
Marietta's Corrie Burkhardt capitalized on a layup and jump-shot to put the Pioneers four points ahead of the Raiders. Sanborn made two layups in a row to tie the game at 75 points apiece, but a jump-shot by Borich and three made free throws by the Pioneers sealed the deal, resulting in an 80-75 loss for the Raiders.
Mount Union hosts Capital University in an OAC match-up Saturday, Jan. 14 at 3 p.m. in the MAAC.