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CINCINNATI, Ohio — A six-point lead after three quarters and a chance to win the game with 11 seconds remaining in the contest did not fall in favor of Marygrove women’s basketball as the Mustangs dropped a heartbreaker on the road Saturday (Nov. 14) to Cincinnati Christian University by a 62-58 final score. The Mustangs fall to an even 3-3 after beginning the season 3-0, while the host Eagles picked up their first win of the 2015-16 campaign to move to 1-6 overall.
With her team down seven at the 4:41 mark of the second quarter, 29-22, sophomore guard Shavarra Patton (Detroit, Mich./Northwestern High School) put on a show, scoring seven-in-a-row to knot the game at 29-29 with 2:14 remaining on the first half clock.
Patton’s run helped the Mustangs get back into the game, but it was the Eagles who would take the lead into the halftime break by a narrow one-point, 33-32. The one-point deficit was a sign of a competitive first half that was witness to four ties and eight lead changes.
The second-half run trickled over into the third quarter where the Mustangs took a game-best nine point (47-38) lead off of a Theresa Dray (Davison, Mich./Davison High School) free throw with 2:35 left in the period. The Eagles bounced back, chipping into the Green and Gold’s advantage as the Mustangs led by six after three quarters, 48-42.
After exchanging baskets with the Eagles in the early stages of quarter four, the Mustangs faltered down the stretch to allow the hosts to tie the game with 4:20 remaining at 55-55. The Mustangs would only muster three points over the final 4:20 as the Eagles used the free-throw line to secure the win â but not before the Green and Gold had a chance to tie or take the lead in the waning seconds.
Patton lined up a three-point try with 11 seconds remaining that rattled off, leading to a pair of game-clinching Eagles’ free throws for the 62-58 final. Patton’s triple-try with 11 seconds remaining would have been the likely game-winning shot as the Mustangs entered the possession down two, 60-58.
The four-point loss marked the closest setback in terms of margin since Feb. 18, 2015 when the Mustangs dropped a thriller to conference for Concordia-Ann Arbor, 75-72.
Elisha Major (Flushing, Mich./Flushing High School) led all scorers with 21 points on 8-of-19 shooting and was followed by Patton with 16 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists. Junior center [Thresa] Dray recorded another double-double with a career-best 13 points to go along with 12 rebounds (two offensive, 10 defensive) in 34 minutes of action.
The Eagles were paced by Baylee Bennett with 13 points.
The Mustangs will make the short trip to Dearborn to take on Michigan-Dearborn on Monday (Nov. 16) at 5:30 p.m.
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Category: Women's Basketball