Women's Basketball: Purple Raider Loss Ends Season in Wilmington

Sophomore Jaime Sanborn (Photo by Jenna Snider)
Sophomore Jaime Sanborn (Photo by Jenna Snider)

WILMINGTON, Ohio -- The Mount Union women's basketball team ended its season with a 67-52 road loss to Wilmington College in the second round of the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Tuesday night. 

The Purple Raiders were led by senior Abbey Bartoszewicz (Wexford, Pa./Vincentian Academy), who recorded 20 points and six rebounds. Sophomore Jaime Sanborn (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) followed with 12 points and eight rebounds.

Wilmington's (17-9) Mackenzie Campbell scored 18 points for the Quakers and led the team in rebounds with eight. 

Wilmington opened the first quarter with an 11-0 run before senior Haley Roddy (Medina/Highland) got the Raiders on the board after making a layup with 2:14 on the clock. Bartoszewicz sunk a three-point jump-shot to cut the Quakers' lead to six points with 1:52 to go. Wilmington led by as many as 13 points, 18-5, with ten seconds left, but a Quaker foul in the final second allowed Bartoszewicz to go two-for-two on free throws to cut the lead to 11 at the break. 

Sanborn made a jump-shot and layup in the opening minutes of the second quarter to cut Wilmington's lead to seven points, 18-11. She added four additional points for Mount Union in the quarter, coming from another layup and two free throws, while Bartoszewicz and sophomore Rachel Tinkey (Canfield/Canfield) made a combined three free throws. The Quakers outscored the Raiders 18-11 in the period to lead 36-18 at halftime.

Bartoszewicz made back-to-back three-pointers in the first two minutes of the third period to bring Mount Union within 12 points of Wilmington, 36-24. The Quakers led 43-26 with just under six minutes to play, but an 11-4 run by Mount Union brought the Raiders within 10 points of Wilmington with 2:44 to go. Senior Kelsey Scott (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) tallied three points from a layup and free throw to cut the lead to eight points, but a three-pointer by Wilmington's Brittaney Jefferson had the Raiders 11 points behind as the teams headed into the final ten minutes of play.

The Raiders came within nine points of the Quakers in the fourth period after Sanborn made two early free throws, but Mount Union was outscored 15-9, ultimately ending with a 67-52 game in Wilmington's favor. 

Mount Union went 13-14 overall and closes the season with a 7-11 OAC record.