DETROIT, Mich. -- In a fitting end to a heralded career, senior forward Keara Marks (Detroit, Mich./Renaissance) was able to start the contest despite a season-ending injury that occurred against Madonna University earlier this season. The program's all-time leader scorer got the nod from head coach Antonio Hitchcock and exited quickly before further injury could occur.
Marks, along with fellow seniors Megan Gohl (Belleville, Mich./Belleville) and Jessica Niemi (Swartz Creek, Mich./Swartz Creek), were recognized for their contributions to the program during a post-game ceremony after the 77-50 loss to the Racers of the University of Northwestern Ohio (11-19, 8-14 WHAC).
Down 38-27 at the half, the Mustangs (1-27, 0-22 WHAC) remained in striking distance in hopes for their first WHAC win of the season. Ultimately, the Racers would have enough gas in the tank to outlast the Mustangs and win, 77-50.
Before the game was over, Marks convinced the staff to let her into the contest one final time in her collegiate career. The senior ended her career on a high note after putting back a miss for an and-one opportunity. She would later go to the line and miss after offering it up with her left hand.
The Mustangs were led by Ciara Moore (Detroit, Mich./Northwestern) with 17 points. She was followed by Elisha Major (Flint, Mich./Flushing) with 16 points of her own. Gohl knocked down her first home buckets of her one year basketball career when she sank a pair of buckets to end with five points. Niemi, a mainstay on the glass, finished with seven rebounds.
The Racers were led by Shaye Warman with a game-high 29 points. Two other Racers would reach double-figures scoring.
A full season review will be available in the coming weeks on www.MarygroveMustangs.com.