Women's Basketball: Career-Highs All Around as Mount Union Gets Senior Day Victory Over Heidelberg

Seniors Corie Inverso (left) and Casey Morrissette (right) with their families.
Seniors Corie Inverso (left) and Casey Morrissette (right) with their families.

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The Mount Union women's basketball team defeated Heidelberg 97-55 Saturday afternoon during Senior Day at the McPhearson Academic and Athletic Complex.

The Purple Raiders (13-10, 10-6 OAC) were led by junior forward Jaime Sanborn (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) as she recorded a career-high of 20 points while securing nine rebounds. Also scoring a career-high of 19 points was senior guard Casey Morrissette (Wakeman/Firelands). Junior guard Rachel Tinkey (Canfield/Canfield) scored in double figures as well with 17 points while recording 10 rebounds for her third double-double this season, second consecutive.

Heidelberg (4-19, 2-14 OAC) was led by Brooke Beamer who came off the bench to score 18 points. 

Mount Union opened the first quarter with a collection of three's coming from Meghan Hess (Cranberry, Pa./Seneca Valley), Tori Rappach (Warren/Howland), Morrissette and Tinkey; Tinkey had four of Mount Union's seven to give her 12 first-quarter points, leading the Raiders to gain a lead of 28-9.

Rappach continued the trend by hitting a deep three in the first possession of the second quarter. Shots began to fall for Heidelberg as they made three striaght unanswered three's making it 33-18 with 7:25 to go. After more three's from Morrissette and Tinkey, Mount Union would be up 39-18 with 5:59 to play, but Heidelberg was able to spark a 12-4 run in those final five minutes, working to break down Mount Union's lead, to trail 45-30 at halftime. 

Heidelberg struck first with a three to get the second half underway, making the score 45-33 at 8:50. Morrissette went on to hit back-to-back three's to bump Mount Union's lead back to 20 at 53-33 with 7:58 to play. Sanborn continued to aid the 20-plus point advantage by scoring 12 of her 20 points in the third quarter alone. Mount Union closed out the quarter ahead 69-44.

A coast-to-coast layup by Sanborn to open the fourth quarter was the first basket un-assisted for the Raiders. Mount Union recorded 25 assists off 26 field goals at the 9:37-mark as they led 71-44. Finishing out the quarter by outscoring Heidelberg 28-11, 16 points of which were inside the paint, Mount Union took home the win with a season-high score of 97-55.

Mount Union will next travel to Berea, Ohio as they take on Baldwin Wallace on Wednesday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m.