MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s basketball suffered its fifth straight loss on Wednesday night, as it fell to Spring Arbor University (9-15, 3-10 CL).
The senior backcourt duo of Natalie Carpenter and Sierra Basista combined for the team’s opening 21 points of the game to lead MVNU in the early going, but it was the guests that went into the break with a 32-29 edge following a 6-0 run to finish the second quarter.
SAU guard Autumn Coggin was prolific from the field, and hit a number of timely and contested jump shots to keep the visiting Cougars in front.
Freshman Taylor Gregory began to come on strong in the fourth quarter and scored a basket to cut the deficit to three points at 59-56 with 5:43 left on the clock. But MVNU was unable to get key stops when needed to work their way back into the game, as the visitors then on an 8-3 spurt that established a lead that made its way into double-figures in the waning moments.
Basista canned another 3, one of her two for the game, to make it 71-62 with 1:20 on the clock. It was too little too late however, as SAU earned its third Crossroads League win for seventh year head coach Ryan Frost, a 1998 graduate and former assistant men’s coach at Mount Vernon Nazarene College.
Coggin was a thorn in the side for MVNU all night long, as she finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds in the win for Spring Arbor.
MVNU was paced by 23 points from Carpenter on 9-of-17 shooting (3-of-6 from downtown) to go along with six steals, which tied for a career-high. Basista had 16 points and four rebounds, while Gregory had 10 points and seven rebounds. Madison Near produced six points and four rebounds in 11 minutes off the bench.
MVNU (14-11, 6-7 CL) will look to put an end to a five-game slide against No. 15 Taylor on Saturday at 1 p.m.