NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Mount Union's women's basketball team defeated Washington and Lee (Va.) (6-4) 86-73 Saturday night in the NYU Holiday Classic at Hunter.
The Purple Raiders (9-2, 3-2 OAC) were led by senior guard Rachel Tinkey (Canfield) as she matched her career-best with 29 points and also had 11 rebounds for a season-high and her first double-double of the season. Sophomore forward Sarah Hessel (Avon Lake) led the team in rebounds with 12 and recorded 10 points for a double-double as well, a career-first.
Washington and Lee was led by Erin Hughes who finished with 19 points.
Tinkey, alongside Tori Rappach (Warren/Howland), were the main forces behind Mount Union's opening offense with a pair of three's before Tinkey went on to score a total of 12 points in the first quarter. Leading 18-17, Hessel and Anna Alkire combined for Mount Union's final eight points of the first quarter to maintain a slim 26-25 over Washington and Lee.
Second quarter proved to be difficult on both ends of the floor. Renee DeFord (Casstown/Miami East) secured the Raiders' first basket at 4:39, making the score 29-28, after Washington and Lee scored four unanswered points to reclaim the lead. The Generals pushed the ball down the court and forced a number of turnovers that resulted in their largest lead of the half at 34-30. Tinkey hit her first three of the quarter to cut it to 34-33 with 3:25 remaining. Hailey Peoples-O'Neil (Geneva) was aggressive down low as her and Tinkey connected on three consecutive plays, closing out the half ahead of Washington and Lee 40-37.
Start of the third quarter, Mount Union scored two quick baskets down low bumping their advantage back up to seven at 44-37. The Raiders' lead flucuated back and forth from as little as three to as high as eight throughout the quarter. With a minute to play, Meghan Hess (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley) landed a jumper from behind the arc to go up 61-50. Elena Rauhe (Seven Hills/Padua) finished off the third quarter in the final possession for the Raiders with a driving layup for the and-one to give Mount Union the game's largest lead at 64-50. A last-second foul sent Washington and Lee's Taylor Casey to the foul line where she went one-of-two for a sore of 64-51.
Two and a half minutes into the fourth, Mount Union reached their largest lead of the game at 71-56 on a layup by Tinkey. Washington and Lee continued to try and chip away and despite matching points for the quarter 22-22, the Raiders walked away with the victory at 86-73.
Mount Union will continue play in the NYU Holiday Classic at Hunter against Farmingdale State College (N.Y.) Sunday at 12:00 p.m.