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Lady Cougars Cruise Past Maple Leafs

GOSHEN, Ind. – The Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s basketball team (5-7, 2-3 CL) defeated the Goshen College Maple Leafs (3-11, 1-4 CL) by a final score of 73-56.

The starting five for the Lady Cougars finished with 54 points for the game as Goshen finished with 56 points total. MVNU never trailed in the game and moved the ball very well on offense. MVNU limited its mistakes and finished with a season-low eight turnovers.

Inside the Box Score

The Lady Cougars were led by Rylee Pireu, who finished the game with 23 points. Despite going into halftime at only 1-3 from the field, Pireu finished the game 7-12 from the floor and 7-8 from the free-throw line.

Maggie Coblentz and Taylor Gregory both finished with 14 points. Both players were very productive on the boards as Gregory finished with 11 rebounds and Coblentz finished with 6 rebounds.

Gregory achieved another milestone on Saturday. With her two blocks against Goshen, Gregory now has 200 total for her career.

Maria Dobson got the first start of her MVNU career and finished with 9 points. Dobson also finished with 4 rebounds and was 4-4 from the free throw line.

The Lady Cougars as a team shot 95.2% (20-21) from the free throw line.

Coach Short’s Thoughts

“It was such a great team win. From tip we controlled the tempo on both ends. Getting consecutive stops led to some great transition looks. We moved the ball well on offense and had some great passes, leading to 12 assists. It was good to see improvement offensively as we took care of the ball the entire game.”

What’s Next

The Cougars will return home on Wednesday, January 13 for a contest with Bethel University. Tip-off is set for 7:00pm.

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