MISHAWAKA, Ind. – The MVNU Women’s Basketball team (8-3, 2-2 CL) was able to make the proper adjustments and even their conference record at two Wednesday night.
Coming off of two tough, close conference matchups against ranked opponents, the Cougars put everything together and won another Crossroads League game away from Ariel Arena. After a close first quarter, MVNU outscored the Pilots 16-7 in the second quarter, and would hold steady the rest of the game for a 61-54 victory.
Keys to the Game:
•The early lead allowed the Cougars to play comfortably from in front the entire game, avoiding the need to play over-aggressively late and avoid a free-throw disparity.
•An all-around great defensive effort powered MVNU to the win, forcing Bethel into 22 turnovers, holding the Pilots to 37-45 (37.8 percent) shooting, and then only allowing one offensive rebound the entire game.
•The Cougars were much more efficient on the offensive end, shooting 23-47 (48.9 percent) from the floor and 11-14 (78.6 percent) from the line.
•MVNU received a huge boost off the bench, with Maggie Coblentz leading the bench brigade to 17 points, compared to Bethel’s four.
Notable Player Statistics:
•Dani Ellerbrock: 18 points, 4 assists, 2 steals;
•Taylor Gregory: 15 points, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks;
•Maggie Coblentz: 13 points, 4 rebounds; and
•Elizabeth Fee: 7 points.
“From the very beginning, we shut them down on the defensive end. We had a lot of energy and great communication to get consecutive stops,” MVNU coach Amanda Short said. “Offensively, we took advantage of some mismatches and got some easy looks close to the basket that we capitalized on. Anytime they made a run, we came right back at them. We had a lot of team energy all-around. It was great to see Dani and Maggie have great games.”