Women's Basketball: Maranatha 74, Mount Mary 42

Release Courtesy of Maranatha Athletics

WATERTOWN, WI – The women's basketball team bolted out to a 14-2 lead in the first six minutes against the Mount Mary Blue Angels, and never looked back, handing the visiting team, out of Milwaukee, a lopsided, 74-42 defeat on Friday evening.

The Crusaders were able to force a startling 37 Blue Angel turnovers, and had 18 steals to grab their sixth win of the season.

Maranatha's big first half lead vanished to five, halfway through the period, but two minutes later, a layup by freshman guard Courtney Dunn (Oshkosh, WI), and a jumper by senior center Laci Peterson (Chillicothe, IL) put the Crusaders safely back into double-digit lead territory.

When halftime rolled around, Maranatha had secured a 16-point lead, and had accumulated an 18-6 advantage on paint points.

The second half never saw Maranatha lead by less than 16, and peaked to as much as 33 points, thanks to 23 points from sophomore forward Stacy Reinke (Clintonville, WI) and 14 points apiece from seniors Allison Schulz (Chillicothe, IL) and Erin Steuerwald (Whitewater, WI).

The team's 33-point margin came after three straight baskets, two coming from Reinke, who hit a three-pointer in the closing minutes for a 72-39 lead.

Maranatha closed out the game with a basket by freshman guard Bethany Schimkus (Fairfax Station, VA), and Maranatha snapped a two-game losing streak.

The Crusaders look for a favorable matchup against the Moody Bible Institute Archers, whom they face in Chicago, IL, on Saturday, at 1:00 p.m.


Release Courtesy of Mount Mary Athletics

WATERTOWN, Wis. – There was a proverbial and literal changing of the guard Friday night as the Mount Mary University basketball team returned to action at Maranatha Baptist University. The new-look Blue Angels battled hard, but came up short 74-42 to the Crusaders, at MBU Gymnasium.

Several questions swirled around entering Friday's matchup, including how the departure of seniors Emily Barker (Oconomowoc, Wis.) and Ashley Leverenz(Mauston, Wis.) would affect the scoring efforts. The loss of sophomore point guard Yolanda Coleman (Wauwatosa, Wis.), who went down with a torn meniscus in MMU's game against Silver Lake, is also lost for the season. Add in a foursome of Angels who donned the Navy and Gold for the first time ever and Friday night was an interesting gauge for this young squad.

And while some of those questions are still in progress of being answered, new leaders have clearly emerged as the Blue Angels wind down their 2013-14 campaign.

Junior forward Doni Yendriga (Conneaut, Ohio) tallied her first double-double of the season, leading Mount Mary with a season-high 22 points and 12 rebounds. She also added a team-high two blocks, and shot 58 percent from the floor (11-for-19).

Freshman swing guard Taylor Baumgart (Burlington, Wis.) added 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Freshman Becca Heup (Random Lake, Wis.), suiting up for the first time this season, led the newcomers with five points, four rebounds, a steal and an assist.

The Blue Angels kept things relatively close midway through the first half after sacrificing a 16-2 led to start the game. MMU used strong inside play from Yendriga to close to within five at 16-11 before the Crusaders used a 21-10 run to take a 37-21 lead into the half.

The Crusaders and Angels mirrored first-half scoring efforts in the second stanza, doubling their 16-point lead behind a balanced attack.

The Angels were actually more efficient from the floor, outshooting Maranatha 41.3 percent to 39.2 percent—however, the Crusaders took a total of 79 shots compared to just 46 for Mount Mary.

The Blue Angels will have another 10-day break to retool their lineup, working in the new players before a rematch against Illinois Tech on Monday, February 10 in Chicago.

Mount Mary's lone victory of the season came over the Scarlet Hawks back on January 8 at the Bloechl Center.