OSKALOOSA, Iowa -- Although it was their lowest point total in a victory this year, it was still another road win for the 15th-ranked Mount Mercy women's basketball team Saturday. The Mustangs overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to beat William Penn, 55-49, in Midwest Collegiate Conference play at the Penn Gym.
Mount Mercy (17-7, 9-3 MCC) didn't have a great day offensively, but came through when it mattered and the Mustang defense forced 19 turnovers and limited the Lady Statesmen (8-15, 6-6 MCC) to 31.6 percent shooting from the floor. Mount Mercy also outscored William Penn, 15-4, at the free throw line and had a season-high six blocked shots.
Saturday's win allowed the Mustangs to maintain sole possession of second place in the MCC. League-leading Grand View (19-5, 11-1 MCC) barely got by Clarke, defeating the Crusaders, 84-81, in Dubuque to extend their winning streak to nine games. Iowa Wesleyan (12-9, 8-4 MCC) managed a 64-58 victory at Viterbo (Wis.) to stay a game back of Mount Mercy.
Senior guard Emily Greiner went 8-of-8 at the free throw line while scoring a game-high 16 points for the Mustangs. She also finished with three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Senior guard Laura Lippert added 11 points and five boards, junior guard Brooke Quigley 10 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Micha Mims had seven points and senior guard Becca Lampe seven points, seven boards and three blocks.
Katie Golomski scored 12 points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists for the Lady Statesmen. Megan Evangelista chipped in 11 points and five boards, Sarah Martin nine points and Vanessa Kieres eight. Jessi Kreuser hauled down a game-high nine rebounds.
Mount Mercy, the best road team in the league at 8-2 this season, will try to end Ashford's two-game winning streak when the Mustangs visit Kehl Arena on Wednesday. The Mustangs and Saints (9-14, 5-7 MCC) tip off at 5:30 p.m. in Clinton.