Women's Basketball: Cold Start Gives Raiders Trouble at Baldwin Wallace

Tori Rappach
Tori Rappach

BEREA, Ohio -- Mount Union's women's basketball team fell to nationally ranked No. 20 Baldwin Wallace, 67-50, in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Wednesday at Ursprung Gymnasium.

The Purple Raiders (8-2, 3-2 OAC) were led by junior guard Tori Rappach (Warren/Howland) and senior forward Jaime Sanborn (Twinsburg) as they each scored in double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively as Mount Union suffered through its worst shooting night of the season making just 29.3-percent of its shots (17-of-58).

Sanborn and junior forward Hannah Schaefer (Dublin/Coffman) also both had a team-high six rebounds.

Baldwin Wallace (10-1, 4-0 OAC) was led by Kasey Hughes who recorded a game-high 25 points along with five rebounds on the night. 

The Raiders made just two of their first six shots and found themselves in a 13-4 hole five minutes into the contest. Mount Union scored five of the next nine points to stay within arm's length trailing 17-9 at the end of the quarter. Senior Meghan Hess (Cranberry Twp., Pa. / Seneca Valley) had five in the period to lead the Raiders.

BW scored six of the first eight points in the second quarter to push the lead to 23-11 before a three-pointer and a jumper by senior Rachel Tinkey (Canfield) got Mount Union within seven, 23-16 with 7:39 left in the half. Mount Union again went cold from the floor as BW went on a 10-3 run to go up 33-19 and eventually the Jackets took a 38-24 lead into halftime.

Sanborn, who after two quick fouls spent most of the first half on the bench, sank a pair of free throws to start the third quarter and sparked a 6-2 run to get Mount Union within 10 points at 40-30. Hughes and Kara Marshall combined forces to put up six unaswered points for BW, but Mount Union would win the quarter, 12-10, to cut the BW advantage to 48-36.

Hughes made a pair of free throws to start the fourth quarter and push the BW lead back to 14 points, 50-36 before Rappach scored five straight to get the Raiders within nine, 50-41 with eight minutes left. Mount Union again went cold going the next three minutes while BW went on a decisive 8-0 run to put the game away.

The Raiders are off until after Christmas and will play games against Washington & Lee (Va.) and Farmingdale State (N.Y.) December 29-30 at the NYU Holiday Classic in New York City.