ALLIANCE, Ohio – The Mount Union women's basketball team defeated No. 23 Marietta 82-60 Wednesday night at the McPhearson Academic and Athletic Complex.
The Purple Raiders (11-9, 8-5 OAC) were led by junior guard Rachel Tinkey (Canfield/Canfield) who scored 17 points while grabbing a career-high eight rebounds. Senior guard Casey Morrissette (Wakeman/Firelands) also scored in double figures with 13 points.
Marietta (17-3, 10-3 OAC) was led by Amisha Herd's 10 points.
Marietta hit the first shot of the night, but Mount Union did not allow them to get ahead by more than four points. Strong play below the basket allowed Mount Union to score eight of their 11 first-quarter points within the paint. Marietta would lead at the end of the first quarter 14-11.
The second period opened up with a quick 5-2 run by Marietta. Mount Union did not back down as they would cause Marietta to turn the ball over five times and continue to score on the opposite end. After leading by as much as eight at 27-19 with 3:02 to play, Marietta looked to close out the half with a 28-25 lead before committing a foul on Tinkey's half-court heave at 0.4 seconds, giving her the opportunity to sink all three free throws to tie the game 28-28 going into the break.
Mount Union began the third quarter with a 14-2 run, led by Morrissette and Tinkey who combined for 10 points. A layup at 4:36 by Marietta put a pause on Mount Union's scoring surge making it 42-32. Shots from all over the floor began to fall as five different Raiders would score, pushing their lead to 20 points with 1:10 remaining in the quarter. Marietta was able to go 3-for-3 at the foul line but Mount Union's lead would hold at 55-38.
Morrisette and Tinkey remained in sync, scoring the first 11 points in the fourth quarter, outscoring Marietta 11-6 as a duo, to make the score 66-41 with 7:30 remaining in the game. Sanborn was able to chime in by scoring four unanswered points of her own in back-to-back possessions. Three more Raiders went on to finding their way into the scoring column as Mount Union shot 20-of-29 from the field in the final quarter, leading them to win the game by a final score of 82-60.
Mount Union will stay home this weekend as they host Capital on Saturday, February 3rd at 3:00 p.m.