Women's Basketball: Raiders Defeat Penn State-Behrend in Tip-Off Tournament Championship

Photo by Jill Yamma/Penn State-Behrend Sports Information
Photo by Jill Yamma/Penn State-Behrend Sports Information

ERIE, Pa. -- The Mount Union women's basketball team defeated Penn State-Behrend (1-1) 74-43 Saturday in the championship game of the Penn State-Behrend Tip-Off Tournament.

The Purple Raiders (2-0) were led once again by junior guard Tori Rappach (Warren/Howland) with 12 points and three rebounds. Also scoring in double figures were seniors Renee DeFord (Casstown/Miami East) and Rachel Tinkey (Canfield) with 10 points a piece, while DeFord grabbed seven rebounds.

Mount Union opened the first quarter with three's from Anna Alkire (Massillon/Jackson), Rappach and Tinkey. Prior to, Penn State-Behrend established their only lead of the game at 4-3 in the first minute of the game. After tying at 6-6 with a hearty 7:59 left to play in the first, the Raiders went on 19-4 run while shooting 47.1% to lead 25-10 and would not relinquish their double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.

Second quarter, the Raiders outscored Behrend 15-11 to eventually push their advantage to 40-21 at the half. Senior guard Meghan Hess (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley) came off the bench and put up a quick three to spark the offense. On the boards, Tinkey snagged four of Mount Union's 11 rebounds in the effort to continue to put Behrend's scoring on pause. 

The Mount Union defense held Behrend to just 11 points in each of the final two quarters. Offensive efforts remained consistent for the Raiders as they shot 46.7% in the third with DeFord going three-for-three under the rim along with three rebounds. 

Freshman guard Layni Ziegler (Pittsburgh, Pa./Seton LaSalle) lead the team in the fourth quarter with five points as seven different Raiders made their way into the scoring column to close out the game; Mount Union walking away with the victory at 74-43.

The Raiders return to Alliance for their home-opener Tuesday, November 20 at 6:00 p.m. as they host Ohio Wesleyan.