OSKALOOSA, Iowa -- Today's Midwest Collegiate Conference women's basketball game between Mount Mercy and William Penn went down to the wire, but a game-winning 3-pointer rimmed out at the buzzer and the Lady Statesmen held off the Mustangs, 72-70, at Penn Gymnasium.
Mount Mercy (7-19, 4-6 MCC) had control of the game early on and led by as many as 13 point in the first half before settling for a 36-29 halftime advantage. It was William Penn that enjoyed a nine-point edge with 10 minutes left in the contest, but the Mustangs weren't done.
Five minutes later, sophomore guard Danielle Herdliska's 3-pointer tied the game at 64-64. It was tied again, 70-70, when junior forward Amanda Frost scored the last of her career-high 30 points with 41 seconds remaining. William Penn's Orielle Thomas' put-back after a missed 3-pointer with 10 seconds to go proved to be the game-winner when senior guard Brooke Quigley's trey came up just short at the end of regulation.
Frost finished with seven reobunds to go with her 30 points. Quigley helped the Mustangs to a 24-11 advantage at the free throw line by hitting 9-of-10 during a 16-point effort. Freshman guard Makenzie Zeitler added 12 points and team-high nine boards.
Thomas ended up with game-highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Katie Golomski chipped in 17 points, Sarah Martin 15 points and nine boards and Janay Pritchett 14 points.
Mount Mercy hosts 23rd-ranked Grand View on Senior Night on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Hennessey Recreation Center.