Hanover, Ind. – Over the weekend the Mount St. Joseph women's basketball team traveled over to Hanover College to take on the Panthers in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest. The Lions entered the game with a 2-9 overall record and a 1-3 conference record while the Panthers record a 5-5 overall record and a 4-0 conference record for the season thus far.
Last season, the Lions and the Panthers split their games, with both teams respectively winning on their home courts. In the first game, the Lions pulled out a hard-fought battle, as 22 seconds remained on the clock the Lions were able to make a three to give them the 70-69 victory. In the second game of the season the Lions would put up a battle but ultimately fell to the Panthers 74-61.
For the 2019-2020 season the Lions looked to enter the game with hopes of handing the Panthers their first conference lost all season.
With the game underway, ball control was a struggle for the Lions on both the offensive and defensive side. Hanover was able to go up 11-0 by the 8:01 mark before the Lions were able to create enough of an offensive opportunity to capitalize on and get on the board. At 7:26 Chloe Jansen (Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands) ended the Lions scoreless streak with a layup. A shot by Kamryn McCool (Brookville, Ind./Franklin County) gave the Lions two more as they trailed the Panthers 11-4. Offense continued to be a struggle for the Lions for the rest of the first quarter, only recording five more points. The Panthers on the other hand were able to gain a high advantage over the Lions before entering the second quarter, performing with a high defensive pressure and multiple shot opportunities on offense.
Entering the second quarter the Lions trailed the Panthers 28-9. The Lions were able to find a way to make up some ground during the second quarter, holding the Panthers to just three points while recording 13 of their own. Multiple Lions were able to get in on the offensive action during the second 10 minutes of play. Four Lions recorded four points while Mackenzie Marcum (Mason, Ohio/Kings) added five more to the total. The Lions were within nine at the half as they trailed the Panthers 31-22.
Coming out of halftime, Jaleah Fair-Harris (Columbus, Ohio/Centennial) placed a three through the basket to continue to build the Lions score up. It wouldn't take long for the Panthers to find their rhythm again as they would build their score by five. Chloe Jansen would answer with a layup, but the Panthers would immediately follow with a layup of their own. At the 8:26 mark in the third quarter the Lions trailed the Panthers 38-27. The Lions would try to stay within the game but the Panthers would continue to build up their score, with back to back threes, followed by two layups over the course of three minutes. Jaleah Fair-Harris and Haley Scott would both make a free throw to end the Lions scoring for the third quarter.
Starting the final quarter of play the Lions trailed the Panthers 52-32. The Lions would come up with a big fourth quarter on the offensive side compared to the last three. The Panthers would get the quarter started with a layup but Mackenzie Marcum would immediately answer with one of her own. Haley Scott (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) would get a scoring streak started for the Lions with two free throws. Back to back layups by Mackenzie Marcum joined with a layup up by Kamryn McCool would build the Lions score up. At 5:07 left in the game the Lions were beginning to creep up on the Panthers lead as they now trailed them 56-42. Three layups in a row by Aliyah Huff (Cincinnati, Ohio/Roger Bacon) continued to push the score up. While the Lions were finally showing their offensive pressure, they were beginning to run out of time. Chloe Jansen brought the Lions within 11 with a layup and a free throw with 53 seconds left tin the game. Both teams would get one more basket as time was ticking away. Ultimately, the Lions fell to the Panthers by a final score of 64-53.
At the end of the day, junior Mackenzie Marcum played a big role for the Lions coming off the bench. Marcum was 7-7 in the field goal range and 3-3 in three points. She ended the night with 17 points, two rebounds, and one steal. Chloe Jansen follow Marcum for the night with 11 points, five rebounds, seven assists, and two steals.
The Lions will be back in action on Saturday, January 11th, as they welcome the Fightin' Engineers of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to the Harrington Center. Tip-off is set for 2PM. Continue to check out MSJSports.com for more updates on the rest of the Lions 2019-2020 season.