CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Mount Mercy scored the first 21 points of the game and junior forward Amanda Frost joined the 1,000-point club as the Mustangs cruised to a 68-48 victory over Clarke in a Midwest Collegiate Conference women's basketball game Wednesday night at Hennessey Recreation Center.
The Mustangs shot 44 percent (11-of-25) in the opening period while the Crusaders struggled from the floor, shooting 13 percent (3-of-23) during the first 20 minutes. Mount Mercy led, 32-15, at the half and by as many as 24 points late in the contest. The Mustangs avenged a 63-61 loss at Clarke on Jan. 9.
Frost had a game-high 23 points and grabbed four rebounds for the Mustangs (7-18, 4-5 MCC). She became the 28th player in school history to reach 1,000 points and is currently 27th all-time with 1,009 points. Senior guard Brooke Quigley added 21 points, five boards and seven assists, while sophomore guard Danielle Herdliska tallied 11 points and four rebounds. Freshman guard Makenzie Zeitler contributed five boards, four assists and three steals.
The Crusaders (5-19, 2-8 MCC) were led by Jenna Kotas' 15 points. She also had a pair of steals. Stephanie Aasen joined her in double figures with 10 points to go along with five rebounds.
Mount Mercy goes to Oskaloosa to take on William Penn on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Penn Gymnasium. The Lady Statesmen (16-8, 7-2 MCC) knocked off the Mustangs, 76-62, on Jan. 19 at Hennessey Rec Center.