GAMBIER, Ohio – Mount Union's women's basketball team won their fourth consecutive game in a 56-39 victory over Kenyon in a non-conference game Sunday afternoon at Tomsich Arena.
The Purple Raiders (4-0) were led by senior guard Rachel Tinkey's (Canfield) season-best 26 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Sarah Hessel (Avon Lake) was just ahead of her on the boards with nine rebounds.
Kenyon (4-1) took its first loss of the season as Paige Matijasich had 15 points.
Three pointers from Tori Rappach (Warren/Howland) and Corenna Maynard (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) followed by a Tinkey jumper gave Mount Union an 8-0 lead in the first quarter that was held until the 5:14 mark. Kenyon's first basket came from Matijasich to make it 8-2 and then a three-point play by Bridget Molnar would close in on Mount Union's early advantage, now setting the score at 9-5. The Raiders closed out the quarter ahead 15-9 on buckets inside the paint from Tinkey and Renee DeFord (Casstown/Miami East).
Jaime Sanborn (Twinsburg) kept the offense going to start the second quarter with a strong move under the basket and pushed the score to 17-9. The Raiders then went on a 10-6 run late in the first half sparked by a combination of free throws from Anna Alkire (Massillon/Jackson) and three-pointers from Tinkey and Rappach to go up 27-15 at the break.
Three quick points for Kenyon began the second half, cutting Mount Union's lead down to single digits but Alkire hit a deep three to put the Raiders back up by double figures and a layup by Maynard gave the Raiders their largest lead of 14 at 34-20. Kenyon rallied with a 9-2 run to wrap up the third quarter to only trail 36-29.
Tinkey and Rappach, continuing to work in sync, combined for five quick points to open the fourth quarter to reclaim a double-digit lead at 41-29. Tinkey was dominant from the floor in the fourth quarter as she scored 14 of the team's 20 points in the quarter to wrap up the win.
The Raiders return to home Wednesday, November 28 at 7:30 p.m. as they host Carnegie Mellon (Pa.).