Women's Basketball: Tinkey Joins 1,000-Point Club; Mount Union Defeats Muskingum, 75-58

Rachel Tinkey
Rachel Tinkey

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union women's basketball senior Rachel Tinkey (Canfield) scored her 1,000th point as she led the Purple Raiders with 21 points in a 75-58 win over Ohio Athletic Conference opponent Muskingum Thursday night at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex. 

Tinkey is just the 16th player to reach the 1,000-point milestone in Mount Union women's basketball history.

Tinkey also led the team in rebounds with eight while sophomore forward Sarah Hessel (Avon Lake) was just behind her with seven. Junior guard Tori Rappach (Warren/Howland) and sophomore guard Elena Rauhe (Seven Hills/Padua Franciscan) also scored in double figures with 11 points each as Mount Union improves to 15-5 overall and 8-5 in the conference. 

Muskingum (1-19, 0-13 OAC) was led by Emily Yeager's 12 points and three rebounds. 

Mount Union and Muskingum stayed tied through 4-4 before Muskingum scored five unanswered points, taking its largest lead at 9-4 at 6:20. The Raiders tied Muskingum, 11-11, after a 7-2 run that was capped by a jumper outside the paint by Rappach. Muskingum was able to edge past the Raiders in the final two minutes for a one point lead, 16-15, going into the second quarter.

Tinkey landed her first shot of the game in the second quarter at 6:44 mark, making the score of 19-all. Mount Union and Muskingum exchanged a pair of lead changes and were tied four more times through the remainder of the quarter but Muskingum would remain ahead at halftime, 32-29.

Start of the third quarter, Tinkey and Rappach combined for an 11-8 run over the Muskies, matching the score at 40-40 after three minutes of action. Mount Union's offense continued to erupt as five more Raiders would score, resulting in a 15-6 scoring surge as Mount Union would claim a nine-point advantage over Muskingum, 55-46, heading to the fourth.

Mount Union opened the fourth quarter with a 5-0 run before Tinkey sunk a three-pointer for her 1,000th career point at the six-minute mark. The Raiders added seven more unanswered points to take their largest lead of the game at 70-46 with four minutes to go, eventually going on to win, 75-58.

Mount Union stays home to host Otterbein for an OAC matchup Saturday, February 2 at 3 p.m. for Senior Day.