DETROIT, Mich. -- Playing the tail end of a back-to-back WHAC gauntlet, the Mustangs put together another fine first half in which they held a lead over a powerful Aquinas College squad with almost half of the first stanza gone by.
The Saints (11-12, 7-10 WHAC) were able to slowly pull away behind a 24-5 advantage in bench scoring to take a 77-57 win in the WHAC's 17th contest of the 2012-13 campaign. The Mustangs bench was outscored partly because of their shorthanded squad of reserves that totaled seven active players when the ball was tipped Wednesday (Jan. 30) evening.
In the end, the shorthanded Mustangs (2-22, 0-17 WHAC) eventually fell behind due to tired legs after playing 80 minutes of basketball in less than 24 hours.
Despite running out only seven players and being tired, head coach Antonio Hitchcock and the Mustangs were able to cut the Saints lead to twelve points with 7:53 remaining in the second half.
Ciara Moore (Detroit, Mich./Northwestern) played 39 minutes and ended the night with a career-high 23 points. The shifty guard capped off a stellar evening by posting seven assists, six rebounds and two steals to go along with her game-high point total.
Aquinas was led by Allison Heberlein with 17 points.
The Mustangs will take time to rest before hitting the hardwood this weekend at NAIA Top-10 and WHAC-leading Concordia University-Ann Arbor Saturday (Feb. 2) at 1:00 p.m.