Mount Union Women’s Basketball hosted Wilmington Saturday afternoon, in an Ohio Athletic Conference battle. Both teams came into play with a 9-7 record, seeking win number ten. Mount Union would squeak by with a two-point victory after a dominating second half.
What started out as a game that was owned by Wilmington, quickly turned in favor of Mount Union after halftime. Wilmington, led by Junior Guard McKayla Binkley, took a huge thirteen-point lead into the locker room with all of the momentum as well. Mount Union would come out and begin the second half with a 6-0 run behind three consecutive makes from Freshmen Guard Madison Hensley. This brought the game within seven where a back and forth stand still began for a few minutes, until some big shots were hit for the Purple Raiders by both Senior Guard Zanny Sauter and Junior Guard Elena Rauhe pulling the Purple Raiders within one at the conclusion of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter was set to be a good one and it did not disappoint as it continued to go back and forth including multiple lead changes and with less than ten seconds remaining the score was even at 77-77. Purple Raiders had possession and a perfectly drawn up inbound play by coach Venet allowed Sophomore Center Hailey Peoples-O'Neil to get open from about ten feet out and hit the shot that gave Mount Union a two-point advantage with six seconds left in regulation. Wilmington would inbound the ball and run through Binkley who led the Quakers with 33 points on the afternoon, but a bad roll allowed the Purple Raiders to hang on for win number ten on the campaign.
The leading scorer for the Purple Raiders was Zanny Sauter with 19 points. The Purple Raiders improved to 10-7 (4-6) and the Quakers fell to 9-8 (5-5). The Purple Raiders continue conference play on the road this Wednesday as they travel to University Heights to take on the Blue Streaks of John Carroll.