|Mount Vernon Nazarene (Oh 12-17, 6-11CL||12||21||18||20||71|
|Indiana Wesleyan 17-12, 10-7 CL||23||19||17||10||69|
|Feb. 15, 2017|
|Mount Vernon Nazarene (Oh||Indv. Leaders||Indiana Wesleyan|
|#22 Sierra Basista - 23||Points||2 Players (#2,#10) - 17|
|#50 Megan Beidelman - 9||Rebounds||#2 Kelsey Key - 8|
|#12 Dani Ellerbrock - 10||Assists||#10 Anna Imhoff - 5|
|Mount Vernon Nazarene (Oh||Team Statistics||Indiana Wesleyan|
|48.3% (29 - 60)||Field Goals %||53.2% (25 - 47)|
|55.6% (10 - 18)||3 Point Field Goals %||37.5% (6 - 16)|
|33.3% (3 - 9)||Free Throws||86.7% (13 - 15)|
|11||2nd Chance Pts||13|
MARION, Ind. – The Mount Vernon Nazarene University women's basketball team knocked off No. 24 Indiana Wesleyan University Wednesday night in Luckey Arena propelled by career nights from junior Sierra Basista and freshman Dani Ellerbrock.
- Final Score: MVNU 71 | IWU 69
- Records: MVNU 12-17 (6-11) | IWU 17-12 (10-7)
- Sierra Basista – 23 points, 2 steals
- Megan Beidelman – 18 points, 9 rebounds
- Dani Ellerbrock – 15 points, 10 assists
- It was all IWU in the first quarter as the Wildcats nearly doubled the Lady Cougar offense, using a 12-2 run over the final three minutes of the quarter to build a 23-12 lead.
- The MVNU offense began to heat up in the second quarter as Dani Ellerbrock scored 10 of her 15 points in the period. IWU would lead 42-33 heading into halftime.
- MVNU continued to chip away at the Wildcat lead with Sierra Basista scoring 10 of the Lady Cougar's 18 third-quarter points. Ellerbrock dished out five of her career-high ten assists in the third, on her way to her second double-double of the year.
- A Natalie Carpenter three-pointer with 5:29 remaining in the game set off a 7-0 run for the Lady Cougars, pulling MVNU to within four, 66-62.
- Nicole Ignasiak converted an old-fashioned three-point play for IWU, pushing the lead back to seven with just under two minutes to go.
- Basista drained a three with 14 seconds remaining to give MVNU its first lead since the opening minutes of the game. A Wildcat turnover would put the ball back in the Lady Cougars' hands with eight seconds left on the clock, forcing IWU to commit a pair of fouls to send Ellerbrock to the free throw line.
- Ellerbrock hit the first of her two free throws, with IWU collecting the rebound off the miss and forcing MVNU to foul with just three seconds remaining.
- Anna Imhoff's desperation heave at the buzzer caromed off the backboard, sealing the MVNU victory, 71-69.
- Basista finished with a career-high 23 points that included matching a career-high five made three-pointers.
- Imhoff and Kelsey Key each had 17 points to lead Indiana Wesleyan.
POSTGAME WITH COACH SHORT
"We started off slow and their ball screens were really hurting us. We adjusted in the second quarter and slowly were fighting to get back in it. The way the team came out the second half was great to see. We went at the full court and tried to speed them up as much as possible. It worked and they had 16 turnovers in the second half. Beidelman had a great game inside and on the boards. Ellerbrock had a great first half and the whole second half took their point guard out of the game with her defensive effort. Basista had a great shooting night, including the last three of the game. It was truly an exciting game and it was so fun to watch the team battle back the way they did. I'm so happy my seniors get to experience this win against IWU for the first time."
NEXT FOR THE LADY COUGARS
MVNU continues their fight for a tournament spot at home on Saturday as the Foresters of Huntington University visit Ariel Arena for a women's and men's doubleheader. It will also be Senior Day for the Lady Cougars as the senior players will be honored prior to the 1 p.m. tip.