MU women fall to Kutztown
MANSFIELD - Megan McSwain scored 21 second-half points to lead Mansfield's late comeback, but it wouldn't be enough as Kutztown triumphed 69-64 Wednesday night in PSAC East action at First Citizens Community Bank Court at Decker Gymnasium.
McSwain struggled in the first half being held scoreless, but caught fire in the second shooting 6-9 from the floor, including 3-4 from beyond the arc. The sophomore was a perfect 6-6 from the charity stripe.
McSwain's 21 points led all scorers on the night and was a career high for the guard. She has set career highs in scoring in back-to-back games after scoring 20 against Lake Erie last week. McSwain also added four assists and three steals in the game.
Jena Matter registered a season-high 18 points and had a career-best six steals in the loss. Katie Fitzpatrick was the third Mountie in double-figure scoring with 14 points and also added a game-high six assists.
Jess Harvey knocked down eight shots, including a trey, to lead Kutztown (4-2, 2-0 PSAC East) with 19 points. Advia Campbell recorded 14 points while Alyssa Bonenberger added 12 for the Golden Bears. Campbell had a game-high seven steals.
After two lead changes over the first four minutes of the game, Kutztown went on a 19-2 run to lead 25-12 with just over eight minutes to play til halftime. A pair of free throws by Fitzpatrick with 6:55 remaining brought the Mansfield (0-6, 0-3 PSAC East) deficit down to single digits, but the Bears closed out the half with a 16 point lead at 38-22.
Mansfield opened the second half with a 13-4 run over the first five minutes capped by a trey and two good free throws by McSwain to trail by seven points. The Mountaineers continued to fight back as McSwain tied the game at 56 all with back-to-back 3-pointers with six minutes to play.
McSwain gave the Mounties their first lead since the opening minutes of the game with a fastbreak layup with just over two minutes to play. However, a Donahue jumper with 37 seconds to play gave Kutztown a lead it would never relinquish.
Mansfield high school graduate Molly Wood had two points for the Mountaineers.
Mansfield shot 46.2% from the floor including 57.5% in the second half.
Turnovers again plauged the Mountaineers who allowed 33 in the game.
The Mounties open a four-game roadtrip when they travel to Cheyney on Saturday for PSAC East play.