Defiance, Ohio – The Mount St. Joseph University women's basketball team traveled north to take on the Yellow Jackets of Defiance College in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match-up on Saturday. Entering the game, the Lions came in with a 4-10 overall record and a 3-4 HCAC record, the Lions looked to build their winning streak to three against the Yellow Jackets. The Yellow Jackets welcomed the Lions with a 4-10 overall record and a 3-4 HCAC record.
The Lions and the Yellow Jackets were off to a quick start in the first quarter. The Yellow Jackets opened up the scoring with a three before Jaleah Fair-Harris (Columbus, Ohio/Centennial) got a three of her own for the Lions. The Yellow jackets would go on to make another three to take the lead while the Lions started to play catch-up. Every time the Lions would cut the score within one, the Yellow Jackets would build their lead back up. With 6:37 left in the quarter the Lions would get themselves back within one from a layup by Aliyah Huff (Cincinnati, Ohio/Roger Bacon). The scoreboard would read 9-10 in favor of the Yellow Jackets. Over a minute would go by before either team got back on the board. Maddie Haberthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) got the Lions back into things with a layup. The Yellow Jackets immediately answered with a three before Haberthy made another layup to tie the game up 13-13. At the 3:00 mark, Mackenzie Marcum (Mason, Ohio/Kings) took the lead for the Lions with a layup, making the score 15-13. The Lions would build up their score for the rest of the quarter. Back to back threes from Kamryn McCool (Brookville, Ind./Franklin County) gave the Lions a 21-13 lead at the end of the first quarter.
With the second quarter underway the Lions found themselves on the defensive side of things. For much of the second quarter the Lions were unable to get on the board as the Yellow Jackets were able to record 11 unanswered points. With nine of the points coming from three's, the Yellow Jackets took a 24-21 lead at 4:27 left in the quarter. A basket would finally come in favor of the Lions with a layup from Aliyah Huff at 2:35 to give the Lions a 26-24 lead. Kamryn McCool came in with a layup of her own to extend the lead before the Yellow Jackets brought the game back within one. At 1:38 the scoreboard read 28-27 in favor on the Lions. Neither team was able to create much opportunity in the remaining minute of the half. The Lions entered the half with the 28-27 lead over the Yellow Jackets.
Entering the third quarter both teams would keep the score pretty close with each getting a layup, making the score 30-29. The Yellow jackets would go on to make a three to take the lead but it wouldn't last long as a layup from the Lions would tie it up 32-32. As the Yellow Jackets took the lead again, the Lions would be right on their tail as Chloe Jansen (Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands) answered with a three of her own. With 6:44 remaining in the third quarter, the Lions and Yellow Jackets were tied up 35-35. Two minutes would go by before the game would go in favor of for the Lions as they took a 37-35 lead with a layup. Back to back threes from the Lions kept them in the lead as the Yellow Jackets were continuing to make baskets to stay within the game. The Lions led by four before 2:51 when the Yellow Jackets made a three to cut the Lions lead down to one. As the end of the third quarter was starting to wind down, both teams would start to go back and forth to take the lead entering the fourth quarter. Before the two-minute mark, the Yellow Jackets would take the 44-43 lead with two free throws. They would build it with a layup, but Maddie Haberthy wouldn't let the lead last for long, recording a three to tie the game 46-46 with 1:23 left. The Yellow Jackets immediately answered with a shot, followed by a layup, to take the 50-46 lead. Two free throws by Chloe Jansen kept the Lions within two as the Lions trailed the Yellow Jackets 50-48 entering the fourth quarter.
As the fourth quarter began, the Yellow Jackets built their lead with a layup. The Lions wouldn't let this last long, cutting their lead to two, and then tying the game up 52-52 at the 7:55 mark. A minute would go by before the Lions continued to build the lead. Two lay-ups and a free throw for the Lions made the score 57-52 with 6:06 left in the quarter. The Yellow Jackets made a three to stay in the game and keep the score within two. Mackenzie Marcum kept the Lions ahead with a three but the Yellow Jackets would keep on the Lions tail with a layup and a free throw. At 3:54 the Lions held onto a slight 60-58 lead. Both teams would push a strong defensive pressure as time was ticking down in the final quarter. With the final minute underway Chloe Jansen made two free throws to give the Lions a 62-58 lead. 46 seconds remained on the clock when the Yellow Jackets brought the game within one with a three pointer. Maddie Haberthy made a free throw with six seconds left, hoping to secure a 63-61 victory for the Lions, but with just a couple seconds left on the clock the Yellow Jackets looked to take advantage and was able to record two free throws with two seconds left in the game. As what would've been the final buzzer, the Lions and Yellow Jackets were tied 63-63, pushing the game in overtime.
With five minutes of overtime underway, the Yellow Jackets got off quickly with a free throw. Maddie Haberthy came back with a layup to give the Lions a 65-64 lead. Almost two minutes would go by before any scoring would happen for wither team. At 2:48 the Yellow Jackets took the lead from the Lions with a layup. Haberthy again answered with a layup of her own to take the game back for the Lions. The Yellow Jackets then got two free throws at 1:40, making the Lions trail 68-67. Chloe Jansen got the Lions ahead with a layup, followed by a free throw, taking a 70-68 lead with 1:25 left in overtime. A three followed by two free throws for the Yellow Jackets gave them a 73-70 lead with just 28 seconds left. Five seconds later Maddie Haberthy recorded a three for the Lions to tie the game up 73-73. The three would push the game into a second overtime.
The second overtime was underway and neither team was able to get on the board. Two minutes would go by before the Lions were able to take a 75-73 lead with two free throws. With 2:21 left in the second overtime, the Yellow Jackets made a layup, tying it up 75-75, before the Lions took their lead back with a free throw, making the score 76-75. A layup in the beginning of the final minute of the second overtime built the Lions lead to 78-75. The Yellow Jackets received two free throws in which they were able to capitalize on and kept the Lions within one. 18 seconds remained as the Lions recorded two free throws, taking a 80-77 lead. As the final seconds began to tick down, the Yellow Jackets would make a three with six seconds remaining, tying the game 80-80, and pushing the game into a third overtime.
Five more minutes were put on the clock to start the third overtime period. The Yellow Jackets opened it up with two free throws before the Lions tied it up with a layup. At 3:22 the Yellow Jackets took an 84-82 leads over the Lions. With three minutes still remaining in the quarter the Lions were looking for any way to make a basket and take back the game. The Lions found themselves on the offensive side but were unable to capitalize on their opportunities. Neither team would get a basket in the remainder of the game, proving the tiredness of the three overtimes to be too much. As the game was coming to an end, the Lions were unable to continue their winning streak as they dropped their conference game to the Yellow Jackets by a score of 84-82.
Maddie Haberthy led the Lions for the day in points, recording 29 points, her game high of the season and one-point shy of tying her career high. Haberthy also recorded, four rebounds, and four assists. Chloe Jansen recorded 18 points for the day, with five rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Coming off the bench, Kamryn McCool recorded 13 points for the Lions, with three rebounds, one assist, four steals, and two blocks.
The Lions will be back in action on Wednesday, January 22nd, as they welcome the Pioneers of Transylvania University to the Harrington Center. The Pioneers come into the Harrington Center with a 14-1 overall record and an 8-0 HCAC record. They are currently ranked in 9th place in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Top 25 poll and the D3Hoops Top 25 poll. The game is set to tip off at 7:30 PM. Continue to check out MSJSports.com for more updates on the rest of the Lions 2019-2020 basketball season.