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Women's Basketball - Sat, Dec. 7, 2013
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Aquinas 9-1; 5-1 WHAC333164
Marygrove 2-9; 0-6 WHAC263460
Dec. 7, 2013
Detroit, Mich. (NW Activities Center)
Attendance: 85
AquinasIndv. LeadersMarygrove
#21 Marisa Marx - 22Points #05 Raeha Weaver - 16
#11 Taelor Sanders - 8Rebounds #00 Shawnicka Thomas - 8
#11 Taelor Sanders - 7Assists #03 Ciara Moore - 3
AquinasTeam StatisticsMarygrove
36.4% (20 - 55) Field Goals % 33.8% (22 - 65)
45.5% (10 - 22) 3 Point Field Goals % 0% (0 - 10)
58.3% (14 - 24) Free Throws 72.7% (16 - 22)
40Rebounds 45
16Assists 7
26Turnovers 21
72nd Chance Pts 12

DETROIT, Mich. -- There was the type of effort that had the potential to change around a season Saturday (Dec. 7) when the Mustangs (2-9; 0-6 WHAC) hosted Aquinas College (9-1; 5-1 WHAC) inside Detroit's Northwest Activities Center. In the middle of a rough stretch this season, the Mustangs willed their way to a near-upset over an Aquinas team that came into the game receiving votes nationally in the NAIA. In the end, Aquinas made just enough plays to stave off the Mustangs in a 64-60 thriller in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC).

Playing with a renewed energy and a solid team effort, the Mustangs stunned the visiting Saints early by going ahead seven, 18-11, halfway through the first half of play. A cold stretch – something that was doomed the Mustangs all season long – would hinder their ability to hold onto the lead as Aquinas took a 33-26 lead into the halftime break.

Aquinas was able to put together a 14-0 run over a seven-minute span in the first half to take the three possession lead at the break.

The Mustangs came out strong in the second half to regain the lead, 34-33, behind an impressive 8-0 start to the latter stanza. From there, the Mustangs and Saints traded baskets until the visiting team needed to sink free throws at the end to hold off a spirited Marygrove team.

Raeha Weaver (Battle Creek, Mich./Kellogg CC) poured in a team-high 16 points for the upset-minded Mustangs. Crafty guard Ciara Moore (Detroit, Mich./Northwestern) chipped in with 12 points, six rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Arielle Edwards (Grand Rapids, Mich./Ottawa Hills) scored 11 to go along with six rebounds.

Aquinas was paced by Marisa Marx with a game-high 22 points on 6-of-10 from downtown. As a team, the Saints owned the most glaring stat differential in the game as they knocked down 10-threes compared to none for the Mustangs.

The Mustangs will look to keep their momentum over the week when they visit Concordia-Ann Arbor Dec. 14 at 1 p.m.

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