|Aquinas 9-1; 5-1 WHAC||33||31||64|
|Marygrove 2-9; 0-6 WHAC||26||34||60|
|Dec. 7, 2013|
|Detroit, Mich. (NW Activities Center)|
|#21 Marisa Marx - 22||Points||#05 Raeha Weaver - 16|
|#11 Taelor Sanders - 8||Rebounds||#00 Shawnicka Thomas - 8|
|#11 Taelor Sanders - 7||Assists||#03 Ciara Moore - 3|
|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)|
|7||2nd 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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