Lions Continue to Struggle, Drop First HCAC Game

Lions Continue to Struggle, Drop First HCAC Game

Delhi, Ohio – The Mount St Joseph women's basketball team welcome the Beavers of Bluffton University to the Harrington Center for the first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game on the 2019-2020 season on Wednesday night. The Lions have struggled so far this season, entering the game with an 0-4 record. Poor shooting continues to doom the Lions as they search for their first win. The Beavers have started off the season strong, entering the game with a 4-0 record.

With the game underway in the first quarter the Lions came out with a spark. The Lions were quickly able to get on the board and capitalize on their opportunities. A layup by Aliyah Huff (Cincinnati, Ohio/Roger Bacon) would get the scoring started for the night. A three-pointer by Mackenzie Marcum (Mason, Ohio/Kings) and another layup by Huff would give the Lions a 7-0 lead with 5:22 left in the first quarter. Soon after the Beavers would finally get a basket, giving them their first points of the game. With an aggressive offensive and defensive presence on the court the Lions continued to build their lead over the Beavers as the first quarter began to tick down. At the end of the first quarter the Lions led the Beavers 15-6. 

The tables would turn in the second quarter as the Beavers would hand back the offensive attack to the Lions. During the quarter, the Lions were held to just four points, all of which came from free throws throughout the quarter. The Lions would try to keep up with their defensive efforts, creating five steals during the 10 minutes of play. As the halftime buzzer rang, the Lions and Beavers entered halftime with a one-point difference. The scoreboard read 20-19 at the half, in favor of the Beavers.  

The third court saw similar action to the second as the Beavers continued to hand the pressure to the Lions. The Beavers began the quarter with a three pointer and from that moment on held the lead over the Lions. Kamryn McCool (Brookville, Ind./Franklin County) would put in the hustle to get five out of the seven points for the Lions as they were struggling to put the ball in the basket. Multiple turnovers led to the Lions downfall as they trailed the Beavers 38-26 entering the fourth quarter.

The Lions would get their chances in the fourth quarter to come back, making 13 points over the Beavers 11, but it was too late. The Beavers were able to hold onto their lead as the Lions continue to struggle scoring. The Lions would end up losing to the Beavers by a score of 49-39 and moving to 0-5 overall and 0-1 in the HCAC. 

Chloe Jansen would lead the Lions in scoring for the night, recording 14 points overall as well as eight rebounds, one assist, and four steals. Aliyah Huff and Kamryn McCool would both get eight points each. Huff went on to have 11 rebounds as well as two steals and one block for the Lions while McCool had four rebounds, one assist, two steals, and one block.

The Lions will be back in action on Saturday, December 7th, as they welcome the Quakers of Earlham to the Harrington Center. Saturday will be the first double-header action of the 2019-2020 basketball season as the women tip off at 1PM and the men follow as 3PM. Continue to check out MSJSports.com as the Lions continue on with the 2019-2020 season.