Mansfield women can't recover from cold first half in loss at Mercyhurst
Kayla Espigh topped four Mansfield players in double-figures with a game-high 15 points but it wouldn't be enough to rally the Mountaineers from ice-cold shooting in the first half in a 75-60 loss at Mercyhurst Friday evening.
Mansfield (3-7, 1-5 PSAC) held a 8-7 lead five minutes into the game before Mercyhurst would go on a 29-6 run over the next 10 minutes to take a 36-14 lead with just under five minutes to play in the first half.
The Mountaineers managed to connect on just 5-of-24 shots over the first 20 minutes while Mercyhurst hit a sizzling 60% of its shots in the first half.
Mansfield thawed out in the second half hitting 13-of-47 shots from the floor with Espigh nailing 4-of-5 3-pointers to score all 15 of her points in the second half.
Senior Julia Stevenson scored 13 points with a game-high eight rebounds but played just 11 minutes before fouling out. Junior Jena Matter also had 13 points with seven boards. Megan McSwain scored a season-high 11 points with eight of them coming in the first half.
Mansfield held a 36-31 rebounding advantage.
Mercyhurst (7-3, 3-3 PSAC) was led by Kelley McBroom who come off the bench to score 12 points. Kaylee Foster and Adrienne Kloecker scored 11 points each.
Mansfield travels to Gannon Saturday.
Mansfield vs Mercyhurst