Women's Basketball: Mount Union Dropped by Otterbein in Last Regular-Season Home Game

Mount Union Seniors Haley Roddy, Kelsey Scott, Cassie Hennessy, and Abbey Bartoszewicz
Mount Union Seniors Haley Roddy, Kelsey Scott, Cassie Hennessy, and Abbey Bartoszewicz

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- The Mount Union women's basketball team fell to Ohio Athletic Conference opponent Otterbein at home Saturday afternoon, 89-59.

Mount Union's Abbey Bartoszewicz led the Purple Raiders (12-13, 7-11 OAC) with 13 points and three rebounds.

Otterbein's (11-14, 7-11 OAC) Kiersten Taylor recorded a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Cardinals.

The Raiders were outscored 25-18 in the first quarter, with Otterbein leading by as many as 12 points with just over two minutes left. Bartoszewicz put up ten points in the opening quarter, which included a buzzer-beating three-pointer to cut Otterbein's lead to eight points.

Mount Union came within six points of the Cardinals, 29-23, after freshman Meghan Hess (Cranberry, Pa./Seneca Valley) made a three-pointer with 5:39 remaining in the second quarter. Otterbein responded with a 20-3 run to leave Mount Union behind by 23 points at the break, 49-26. 

The Raiders outscored Otterbein 20-19 in the third quarter, with points coming from eight different players. Bartoszewicz, senior Kelsey Scott (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) and junior Corie Inverso (Danville/Danville) each contributed three points in the period, but Mount Union trailed 71-46 going into the final ten minutes. 

Otterbein closed the game in the final period after outscoring the Raiders 18-13 to end with a final score of 89-59. 

Mount Union, seeded sixth in the OAC, will host seventh seed Heidelberg on Monday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the first round of the OAC Tournament in the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex. The winner of Monday's game will travel to Wilmington to play in the second round of the tournament Tuesday, Feb. 21.