|Mount Vernon Nazarene (Oh 3-7, 0-3 CL||18||20||13||12||63|
|Taylor (Ind.) 6-4, 3-0 CL||19||16||20||24||79|
|Dec. 3, 2016|
|Mount Vernon Nazarene (Oh||Indv. Leaders||Taylor (Ind.)|
|#32 Natalie Carpenter - 19||Points||#15 Cassidy Wyse - 26|
|#50 Megan Beidelman - 13||Rebounds||#32 Kendall Bradbury - 11|
|#12 Dani Ellerbrock - 4||Assists||#15 Cassidy Wyse - 5|
|Mount Vernon Nazarene (Oh||Team Statistics||Taylor (Ind.)|
|36.7% (22 - 60)||Field Goals %||51.9% (28 - 54)|
|50% (9 - 18)||3 Point Field Goals %||30% (3 - 10)|
|83.3% (10 - 12)||Free Throws||83.3% (20 - 24)|
|4||2nd Chance Pts||8|
UPLAND, Ind. – Junior Cassidy Wyse led the TU women's basketball team to a 79-63 win over Mount Vernon Nazarene on Saturday, notching season-highs in points (26), assists (5) and blocks (2), while also collecting nine rebounds and two steals.
The Trojans jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the opening 3:26 of game action, powered by two baskets and two free throws from Wyse. Kendall Bradbury and senior Monica Compton also added a field goal apiece during the scoring spurt.
MVNU responded to the Trojans' burst with a run of its own, rattling off 10-straight points to take a one point lead with just over three minutes remaining in the first quarter. The two teams traded buckets for the remainder of the quarter, with TU taking a brief three-point lead that the Cougars cut to one with a jumper at the buzzer, giving the Trojans a 19-18 lead going into the second period.
Mount Vernon opened up a 34-23 lead midway through the second quarter, but five points from Wyse, a three-pointer by Josie Cobb and a layup by Compton sliced the Cougar lead to one with two minutes left until the intermission. MVNU found its rhythm to halt the TU scoring run and hold a 38-35 edge at halftime. Both teams shot the ball with similar success in the first 20 minutes, as Mount Vernon converted on 14-of-31 attempts (45.2 percent) and Taylor knocked down 12-of-25 shots (48 percent).
Neither team led by more than two in the first eight minutes of the third quarter, but the Trojans outscored MVNU eight to two to open a six-point lead before a pair of Cougar free throws made it a 55-51 TU advantage entering the final stanza.
The fourth quarter belonged to the hosts, as Taylor increased the lead to 12 points after a 13-5 spurt to open the period. Mount Vernon cut the lead to eight with 2:30 remaining, but TU ended the contest on an 11-3 run to slam the door on the Cougars' rally attempt.
The Trojans clamped down on MVNU in the second half, allowing the Cougars to shoot only 27.6 percent from the field after Mount Vernon connected on 45.2 percent in the opening half. On offense, TU improved its shooting percentage from 48 percent in the first half to 55.2 percent (16-of-29) in the second half. The Trojans are now 5-0 in games when they hold their opponents to less than 70 points this season.
In addition to Wyse's big day, Bradbury recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds on an efficient 6-of-9 from the floor and 6-of-9 from the charity stripe. Cobb added 12 points, four rebounds and three steals, while Compton contributed eight points and two assists.
Taylor (6-4, 3-0 CL) will head to Saint Francis (3-7, 1-2 CL) on Wednesday for its next matchup.