ALLIANCE, Ohio – The Mount Union women's basketball team defeated Wilmington (4-4, 0-3 OAC) 76-66 Saturday afternoon at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.
The Purple Raiders (7-1, 2-1 OAC) were led by junior guard Tori Rappach (Warren/Howland) who dropped a career-high 28 points while shooting 9-13 from the three-point line to set a new Mount Union women's basketball record for three pointers in a game. Senior guard Rachel Tinkey (Canfield) also recorded double figures with 19 points.
Wilmington had three players score in double digits as they were led by Kennedy Lewis's 19.
Rappach and Tinkey were hot from the beginning as the pair combined for 15 of Mount Union's 18 points in the first quarter. The Raiders led 7-0 in the opening two minutes while already forcing two turnovers and was able to push their lead to as much as 10 on a floater from Corenna Maynard (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) to make it 14-4 with 3:47 on the clock. Wilmington carried out a 8-4 run with a three in their last possession to cut the deficit to 18-12.
Second quarter, shots kept rimming out for both teams but Wilmington found success in the paint and attacking the Mount Union defense. After trailing 24-17, Wilmington scored eight unanswered points to take their only lead of the half, 25-24, with 3:17 to go in the half. Back-to-back deep three's from Rappach slowed down Wilmington's offense and reclaimed the Raiders' lead at 30-25 and force the Quakers to take a timeout. Wilmington's last trip down the floor, Kennedy Lewis hit a wide open three pointer to send the game into halftime with the score 30-28.
To start the second half, the two offenses went shot-for-shot to maintain the two-point advantage that favored Mount Union. Five straight point from Wilmington's Hannah Binkley put them ahead of Mount Union, 38-37, for their second lead on the game. Putting a stop to it once again was Rappach with a long-range jumper; the score now 40-38 Mount Union with 4:53 to play. The score remained close and was tied at 47-47 but Mount Union went on to outscore Wilmington 7-2 in the last minute to go ahead 54-49.
Consecutive layups for Renee DeFord (Casstown/Miami East) extended Mount Union's advantage to 58-51 with a bucket by Wilmington in between. Chipping away, Wilmington was back within two at 64-62 on a pair of free throws by Kennedy Lewis. Following possession, Jaime Sanborn (Twinsburg) made a strong move under the basket for a three-point play to keep the offense going. Rappach chimed in with her ninth three of the game to set the record for three's in a game and put Mount Union ahead 70-62 with 3:38 remaining. Mount Union and Wilmington traded off trips to the foul line in the final three minutes and both went perfect but Mount Union would come out on top, 76-66.
Mount Union stays home and will next host Heidelberg Saturday, December 15 in a doubleheader with the Mount Union men's basketball team; women tip-off at 1:00 p.m.