CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Mount Mercy and Graceland went back and forth for two quarters in a game that featured nine lead changes and four ties, but the Yellowjackets controlled the second half to defeat the Mustangs, 82-67, in a Heart of America Athletic Conference women's basketball game Monday night in Lamoni.
Alisa Weiland scored the first five points of the game for Mount Mercy, which helped the them to their largest lead of the night at 14-7. The Mustangs and Yellowjackets traded buckets for the entire second quarter, which ended with Graceland in front by a point going into the break. The second half wasn't kind to Mount Mercy, which committed 14 turnovers in the final 20 minutes as the Yellowjackets took the lead for good just seconds into the third quarter.
Mount Mercy outshot Graceland (3-11, 3-9 Heart), 45.5 percent to 43.5 percent, out-rebounded them by seven (38-31) and scored 10 more points in the paint (30-20). However, a total of 23 turnovers combined with 12 steals by the Yellowjackets were too much for the Mustangs to overcome on the road.
Weiland led the Mustangs with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting to go along with four assists. Ashley Dolan chipped in 14 points and Quenna Keating added 12. Abby Herb dished out a game-high five assists. The Mount Mercy bench also outscored the Graceland bench 26-19.
Mount Mercy didn't have an answer for Tristen McFeders who cashed in 26 points, 13 of which came from the free throw line. She also created four steals. Gabes Lapinski and Emily Work scored 11 points apiece. Sydney Vaughn hauled down a game-high seven rebounds.
Mount Mercy (7-8, 4-7 Heart) will play host to Grand View on Throwback Night this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Hennessey Recreation Center.