Women's Basketball: Raiders Fall to First Place John Carroll at Home

Rachel Tinkey (Photo by Rosalie Morrison)
Rachel Tinkey (Photo by Rosalie Morrison)

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's women's basketball team fell to John Carroll in an Ohio Athletic Conference game, 83-71, Wednesday night at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

Despite the loss, the Purple Raiders (13-5, 6-5 OAC) had three players score in double figures with senior guard Rachel Tinkey (Canfield) leading the way with 21 points. Junior guard Tori Rappach (Warren/Howland) tabbed 15 points, all from behind the arc, and senior forward Jaime Sanborn (Twinsburg) had 12. Sophomore forward Sarah Hessel (Avon Lake) continues to led the Raiders in rebounds as she grabbed eight.

John Carroll's Dani Carlson came off the bench to score 21 points and lead the Blue Streaks as they improve to 13-5 overall and 9-2 in the OAC.

An early 5-0 run by John Carroll was stopped on a layup by Sanborn from Alkire, making the score 5-2 at 8:12. Back-to-back three's by Rappach and a three-point play by Tinkey gave Mount Union their largest lead of the quarter at 11-7 with just over six minutes remaining. With two ties and five lead changes, John Carroll was able to edge past the Raiders to lead 20-18 after ten minutes of play.

Mount Union come out strong to start the second quarter to get within one point of John Carroll, 28-27, after a Rappach-three and a driving layup by Sanborn. John Carroll's Carlson responded with a three that would be the start of a 20-2 scoring surge, putting the Streak ahead 48-29 going into halftime. 

John Carroll's explosive offense carried over into the third quarter, outscoring the Raiders 16-9 to claim its largest lead at 64-38 with 4:34 still remaining. Mount Union was able to fire right back as Rappach nailed a pair of three's in combination with a floater and a fastbreak by Zanny Sauter (Avon) to fuel a 15-4 run by the Raiders, trimming John Carroll's lead to 68-53 at the end of the quarter.

Continuing to chip away, Mount Union hustled on either ends of the floor and would now be within 10 points, 76-66, after a basket by Sanborn from Tinkey with just 2:36 left to play. John Carroll's Nicole Heffington drew a foul for a pair of free throws in the following possession to put the Streaks back up by 12. Sanborn and Tinkey remained in sync as Sanborn found Tinkey under the hoop for a three-point play; Mount Union now only trailed by nine, 78-69, at the two minute mark. Mount Union chased down offensive rebounds but could not get shots to fall in the final few possession as John Carroll was able to come out with the win, 83-71.

Mount Union next travels to Ada, Ohio as they face OAC opponent Ohio Northern Saturday, January 26 at 3 p.m.