Fitzpatrick, Espigh lead MU Women past Slippery Rock
Freshman Katie Fitzpatrick had a game-high 24 points while Kayla Espigh recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Mansfield University women's basketball team picked up their first conference win of the season in a 78-65 decision over Slippery Rock Sunday afternoon at Decker Gymnasium.
Fitzpatrick connected on 10-of-14 shots from the field including a trey on her way to a career-best 24 points. She also reined in six rebounds and recorded two steals in the win. Her previous game high in scoring was 10 points in a win over Houghton last Tuesday.
Espigh picked up her first career double-double hitting seven field goals including a career-best four 3-pointers. The senior cleaned up the defensive boards with eight total, while bringing down two offensive rebounds. She also recorded four assists and two steals.
Junior Jena Matter had a season-high 14 points while dishing out four assists.
The Rock's Jazmyne Frost also collected a double-double with her team-high 14 points and 10 boards.
The Mountaineers shot 50.8 percent (31-61) from the field as opposed to The Rock, who shot just 32.9 percent (24-73) from the floor. Mansfield's guards shut down any outside scoring as Slippery Rock was held to just 11.4 percent (4-35) from 3-point for the game.
The Mounties quickly jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the opening four minutes of the game. Mansfield never led by more than 14 points until Espigh drained back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Mounties up 40-22 with just under four minutes remaining.
The Rock wouldn't go away easily though as they used a 10-1 run over the final four minutes of the half to close within nine points at the break.
In the second half, Mansfield built their lead to as many as 14 points, but a pesky Slippery Rock team never let the game get out of reach. The Rock closed within seven points with under five minutes to play, but MU outscored their opponent 12-6 to close out the game and secure the win.
The Mountaineers are back in action on Tuesday when they host Central Penn College for a 5:30 p.m. tip.