Cougar News
Women's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 19, 2013

BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. - The Mid-Continent University women's basketball team entered play on Saturday hoping to continue the momentum they had built with their win Monday night, as well as their two wins last season over the Blue Mountain Toppers. Unfortunately for the Cougars (5-13, 0-1), they fell victim to their own fundamental mistakes, as Blue Mountain (11-6, 1-0) converted second and third chance opportunities into points throughout the game, cruising in with an 89-61 win.

Blue Mountain came out and took the lead right away, and Mid-Continent found themselves caught off guard by the intensity of the Toppers in the game. Mid-Continent battled early, and stayed close in the game through the second media timeout of the period at the 7:50 mark, trailing by seven 23-16. Out of the timeout, however, Blue Mountain began to assert their will on the game. The Toppers scores seven straight points to open a 30-16 lead, and at the break, the Toppers led 40-25. Mid-Continent came out with more intensity in the second half, cuttin the margin to single digits on two different occasions, but they could get no closer than nine points. With Mid-Continent trailing by 10, Blue Mountain took control in the middle stages of the second half, putting together a 10-0 run to take a 20-point lead, 62-42. As the game ticked away, Blue Mountain also used runs of 9-0 and 8-0 to build a lead as large as 33-points at 89-56, claiming the win 89-61.

Stephanie Malone posted a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, cashing in on all 10 free throws she attempted in the game. Breona Houston added 15 points in the loss, with Lindsey Woody adding nine. As a team, Mid-Continent made 18-of-50 (36%) shots on the afternoon, including 6-of-18 (33.3%) from beyond the arc. The Cougars struggles from the foul line continued, however, as they hit 19-of-30 (63.3%) free throws.

Mid-Continent will be off for until next Thursday night, when they welcome Martin Methodist College (9-12, 0-1) to Mayfield. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.