Mount Mercy News
Women's Basketball - Wed, Jan. 11, 2012

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Mount Mercy opened up an 18-point halftime lead and extended its winning streak to nine games with an 80-67 victory over St. Ambrose in a Midwest Collegiate Conference women's basketball game on Wednesday at Lee Lohman Arena.

Despite shooting less than 40 percent from the field for just the fifth time 18 games, the ninth-ranked Mustangs (14-4, 6-0 MCC) went 26-of-32 from the free throw line and committed a season-low eight turnovers. They also collected 15 steals while forcing 21 miscues by the Queen Bees (6-9, 2-4 MCC).

Senior guard Emily Greiner, who ranks eighth in NAIA Division II in scoring at 20.3 points per game, matched her career high with 33 on Wednesday night. She was 11-of-14 from the free throw line and hit six more 3-pointers. Greiner is second in the nation with 63 treys, while Mount Mercy is seventh in the country with 149 3-point field goals.

Senior guard Becca Lampe knocked down three triples while scoring 13 points. Senior guard Laura Lippert added nine points, sophomore forward Amanda Frost eight. Frost also had a team-high eight rebounds, junior guard Brooke Quigley grabbed seven. Lampe and senior guard Ashley Koch had four steals apiece.

Three Queen Bees reached double figures, led by Annie Smith's 16 points. She also collected five rebounds. Samantha Saladino had a double-double with 14 points and 15 boards. Katie Schuler finished with 12 points and four assists.

Mount Mercy wraps up a three-game road stretch at AIB on Saturday. The Mustangs and Eagles tip off at 1:00 p.m. at the AIB Activities Center in Des Moines.