The Lady Raiders got themselves back on track after suffering their first loss of the year in the M-Club Tournament final when they hosted Kenyon on November 26. Mount Union entered the game sporting a 4-1 record, and Kenyon came in sitting at .500 (3-3).
Mount Union wasted no time in getting started as they jumped out to an early 9-4 lead in the first quarter after a trio of layups from Hailey Peoples-O’Neil and a three-pointer courtesy of Tori Rappach. The Ladies then fought back and managed to tie up the game at 9-9 when Grace Connery drilled a three-pointer with six minutes and twelve seconds left in the first quarter. Just a few minutes later, Kenyon took its lone lead of the night when Greta Propp drained a three-pointer with four minutes and six seconds left in the first quarter. However, the Raiders quickly squashed the Kenyon lead and finished the opening quarter on a 12-0 run and built up a 23-12 lead.
The second quarter saw much of the same as the Lady Raiders continued to stay comfortably ahead. Kenyon would manage to pull back within single-digits when Katie Orefice made a three-pointer with 18 seconds left in the half. Mount Union’s Elena Rauhe would miss a layup with only a few seconds left, and the teams went to the locker room with the Raiders up 37-29.
In the second half, Kenyon struck first when Amanda Carroll made a layup to cut the Raider’s lead to six early in the third quarter. However, the Raiders got flowing and went on a 19-11 run over the remainder of the third quarter. They went to the fourth quarter up 56-42. The offensive rhythm didn’t end in the third and spilled over into the fourth quarter as the Raiders poured on an additional 23 points. They let up defensively, as they allowed Kenyon to score 19 points in the final quarter. When the final buzzer sounded, the Raiders went to the locker room with a 79-61 victory to take home for Thanksgiving.
With the win, Mount Union was led by senior Rappach, who finished the game with 17 points on six for 11 shots and three rebounds. Kenyon, on the other hand, was led by the duo of Connery (15 points, four rebounds) and Paige Matijasich (13 points, seven rebounds). With the win, the Lady Raiders move to 5-1 on the season.