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Turnovers Costly as Women’s Baskteball Suffers First Loss of the Season at Spring Arbor

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SPRING ARBOR, Mich. — Marygrove women’s basketball suffered its first setback of the 2015-16 campaign on Monday (Nov. 9) as Spring Arbor pulled away to win at home by a 74-40 final score. The 34-point loss was a product of a difficult shooting night and 19 turnovers as the Mustangs’ undefeated streak to begin the season came to a close. The Cougars took advantage of the Mustangs’ off night, taking home a 20-5 points off turnovers edge and a 36-14 points in the paint advantage in the non-conference contest.

The Cougars moved to 2-0 on the season in the efficient win while the Mustangs dropped to 3-1 two days ahead of the team’s WHAC opener against No. 2 Davenport.

After trailing 10-2 midway through the first quarter, the Mustangs responded with an 8-0 run to pull even with 3:17 remaining in the opening stanza. The teams played a tightly-contested final 3:17 in the opening quarter with the Cougars taking a 15-12 edge after the game’s first 10 minutes of action.

The Cougars defense would lock in from there, allowing only eight Mustang points in the second quarter to take a 31-20 lead into the halftime break. Nine of the Mustangs’ 11-point halftime deficit came from a 13-4 Cougar advantage in points off turnovers in the first half.

Elisha Major (Flushing, Mich./Flushing High School) recorded a team-high seven points at the half, followed by Taylor Kelley with five points of her own.

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Cougar defense continued its pressure in the second half as the hosts pulled away by outscoring the Mustangs in the third quarter, 24-12, and again in the fourth, 19-8, to win by the 34-point margin. The Cougars improved on their 11-point halftime edge gradually throughout the contest as depth and defense ruled the final 20 minutes.

The Mustangs shot a season-low 22-percent from the field (13-of-59) while the Cougars checked in with a 35-percent effort (29-of-83). The Cougars attempted 24 more shots than the Mustangs, a product of the Green and Gold’s turnovers and a 66-39 advantage on the boards for the home team.

Major led the Mustangs with 15 points, unlucky from the floor one game after pouring in a near program-record 39 points at Great Lakes Christian. Junior forward Breanna Thomas (San Antonio, Texas/Gillette CC) followed with 10 points and nine rebounds, while Shavarra Patton (Detroit, Mich./Northwestern High School) pulled down a team-best 11 boards.

Junior center Theresa Dray (Davison, Mich./Davison High School) fought off early foul trouble to post seven rebounds and three points. [Taylor] Kelley finished with an opposite line of seven points and three rebounds for the Mustangs in defeat.

Rachel Nelson paced a balanced Cougars effort on the offensive end with 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting.

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