Women's Basketball: Raiders Fourth Quarter Comeback Not Enough

Women's Basketball: Raiders Fourth Quarter Comeback Not Enough

WILMINGTON, Ohio - The Mount Union women's basketball team dropped an Ohio Athletic Conference match-up at Wilmington, 102-93, Saturday afternoon at Herman Court.

The Purple Raiders (5-4, 0-3 OAC) were led by senior Tori Rappach (Warren / Howland) with 24 points. Also in double digits for Mount Union was senior Hannah Schaefer (Dublin / Dublin Coffman), junior Elena Rauhe (Seven Hills / Padua Franciscan) and sophomore Corenna Maynard (Chagrin Falls / Kenston) with 19, 14, and 10 points respectively. 

McKayla Binkley led the Quakers (5-3, 2-1 OAC) with 22 points and seven rebounds.

Wilmington started the game with a 7-0 run until junior Brianna Gassman (Minerva) got the Raiders on the board with a layup at the 7:39 mark sparking a 6-2 surge. Rappach and Rauhe hit back-to-back three-pointers halting the 7-2 Quaker run, bringing the Raiders back within two points 16-14. Wilmington fought back widening the lead to 19-14, but two more back-to-back three-pointers from freshman Madison Luthy (Medina) and Rauhe gave the Raiders their first and only lead of the night 20-19. The Quakers quickly regained control 22-20, hitting a three-pointer of their own with two seconds left in the quarter.

Wilmington continued to extend the lead to 32-23 to start the second quarter. The Raiders went basket-for-basket with the Quakers through the 4:37 mark keeping the deficit at nine points, 41-32. Mount Union ended the quarter with two more three-pointers from Rappach and Schaefer to cut Wilmington's advantage 58-52. 

The Quakers struck first in the third quarter igniting 12-2 run to make the score 70-54. The Raiders bounced back with a 10-3 surge sparked by Maynard after hitting her second three-pointer of the game to bring the Raiders back with in nine points, 73-64. Wilmington ended the period widening the lead back to 16 points, 83-67.

To start the fourth quarter, the Quakers took their largest lead of the night, 89-68, after a 6-1 run. Rappach and Rauhe scored six unanswered points to cut Wilmington's lead back to 15. The Quakers fought back extending their advantage to 20 points, but Schaefer would lead the Raiders on a 16-2 run to come back with in six points with 2:26 remaining in the game. Wilmington stayed in control and won the game, 102-93.

Mount Union is back in action Tuesday, Dec. 17 traveling to Pittsburgh, Pa. to take on non-conference opponent Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) at 2 p.m.