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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Facing an opponent that had already defeated a pair of ranked teams, Mount Mercy got 69 points from three players en route to its first win of the season, an 80-70 victory over previously undefeated Culver-Stockton (Mo.) on Tuesday at Hennessey Recreation Center.
The Mustangs (1-2) got a career-high 33 points from senior guard Emily Greiner and 18 points apiece from senior guard Micha Mims and sophomore forward Amanda Frost in the win over the Wildcats, who came in with four straight wins, including victories over 17th-ranked Sterling (Kan.) and 12th-ranked Southwestern (Kan.).
Greiner hit five 3-pointers and was 12-of-15 from the free throw line while getting three steals. Mims grabbed five rebounds and had a game-high six assists, while Frost went 6-of-6 at the foul line and snagged nine boards. Senior guard Laura Lippert added eight points for Mount Mercy, which hit 25-of-31 free throws to overcome 25 turnovers.
Aneshia Starks led the Wildcats (4-1) with 18 points, five rebounds and four steals. Jessie Logsdon scored 15 point and collected nine boards. Shelsey Stanley tallied 13 points, Rachel Larson seven points and nine rebounds.
The Mount Mercy Classic is coming up this weekend, featuring the Mustangs, Midwest Collegiate Conference rival Clarke, Bethel (Ind.) and the top-ranked team in NAIA Division II, Northwestern. The Red Raiders are the two-time defending national champions and were 35-1 in 2010-11. Mount Mercy and Bethel square off on Friday at 5:00 p.m., followed by Clarke and Northwestern at 7:00 p.m. Saturday's action includes the Mustangs against the Red Raiders at 2:00 p.m. and the Crusaders against the Pilots at 4:00 p.m.