Pioneers hit century mark in win versus Muskingum, 100-61

MARIETTA — The Marietta College women’s basketball team was in action Saturday as it defeated Muskingum, 100-61.

With the win Marietta improved to 8-3 overall and 3-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference while Muskingum fell to 1-11 overall and 0-5 in OAC play.

Head coach Kole Vivian said, “We had a few goals coming into the game and one of them was playing Pioneer basketball. We shared the ball really well, and the best part of the game was the way they celebrated each others accomplishments.”

The Pioneers opened the game on a 7-2 run that spanned the first two and a half minutes of the game. Marietta was led by a pair of layups from Alexis Enochs and Corrie Burkhardt, and the run was capped by a Marlo Taylor three pointer. The Muskies cut into the Pioneers led throughout the first quarter and trailed 12-10 with just over five minutes remaining in the opening frame. After two minutes of scoreless action, Marietta broke the scoring drought when Cheyenne Barker scored five consecutive points and the Pioneers entered the second quarter ahead, 20-13.

Marietta opened the second quarter on a 12-4 run that spanned the first three minutes of the quarter, and forced a Muskingum timeout. The run was sparked by Jill Congrove as she scored or assisted on seven of the 12 points during the run. Out of the break, the Pioneers went on a 7-1 run and extended their advantage to 39-18. Shay Lett, Enochs, and Jo Herd-Middlebrooks all scored during the run. Marietta continued its strong play and entered the intermission ahead, 46-25.

The third quarter opened as a back and forth battle as the Pioneers held a 53-29 edge with just over seven minutes remaining in the quarter. Marietta stretched its lead to 61-30 with an 8-1 run, at the 5:22 mark of the third quarter. The run was led by Bailee Brooks as she scored six of the eight points during the run. The Muskies answered back with a 7-0 run and cut the Pioneers lead to 65-39 with just over three minutes remaining in the quarter. Congrove hit a three pointer for Marietta as time expired in the third quarter, and the Pioneers entered the fourth quarter ahead, 76-43.

Marietta continued to pull away in the final frame and stretched out their largest lead of the night 93-50, when Enochs converted a layup off an assist from Kate Liston. The Pioneers wrapped up the game and won the game 100-61.

“We are a big family and it showed tonight against a conference opponent,” concluded coach Vivian.

Marietta was led by Enochs as she had her second double-double on the season with 19 points, and 13 rebounds. The 13 rebounds are a career high. Burkhardt added 15 points, four assists, and three rebounds in the game. Brooks pitched in with 12 points, and a game high five assists for the Pioneers. Lett added 11 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Herd-Middlebrooks set a career high in rebounds with 11, and Congrove notched a career high in points with 10.

This is the fourth time in program history the Pioneers have scored 100 or more points and the first time since the 2013-14 season. All players scored for the Pioneers in the game.

Marietta will return to the hardwood Wednesday when it travels to take on Baldwin Wallace, with the game set to tip at 5 p.m.

MC men go 1-1 in Phoenix

PHOENIX, Ariz. — No. 8 ranked Marietta College held on to defeat Lake Forest College, 80-77, Saturdayafternoon in the consolation game of the D3 Desert Invitational.

The Pioneers improved to 11-1 on the season, while the Foresters slipped to 6-5 overall.

Senior Keith Richardson was one of three Pioneers to hit three three-pointers in the game and led all scorers with 20 points. Kyle Dixon and Lukas Isaly each sank three from behind the arc. Dixon finished with 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Isaly chipped in with 11 points.

Sean Espinosa led four Foresters in double figures with 18 points. Sam Husting and Aram Arslanian each scored 15 points, while Danny Sotos added 11 points. Jordan Moran grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

The first 10 minutes of the game was a back and forth affair with neither team leading by more than four points. Trailing by three, 24-21, Marietta went on a 12-0 run to open a nine-point lead, 33-24, with 4:47 left in the opening period. Five different Pioneers hits shots during the run.

Lake Forest finished the first half with a 9-1 run of its own to close within a point, 34-33, at halftime. Espinosa triggered the run with a pair of jumpers.

After trading small leads throughout the second half, Richardson converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 2:15 left in the game to put the Pioneers in front, 75-74. Marietta would not relinquish its lead.

Two more free throws from Richardson pushed the margin to three, 77-74, with 41 seconds remaining. Espinosa hit a jumper 10 seconds later cutting the MC lead back to one, 77-76.

The Foresters were forced to foul and Dixon converted a pair of free throws with 16 seconds on the clock. On Lake Forest’s ensuing possession, Marietta was whistled for a foul with nine seconds remaining. Arslanian made one of two free throws making it 79-77.

Lake Forest put Dixon back on the line and he made one of two giving Marietta a three-point lead, 80-77, and keeping it a one possession game. Sam Hustings last second three-pointer was off the mark giving MC the victory.

For the game, Marietta shot 43.1 percent (28-of-65) from the floor, 48.1 percent (13-of-27) from three-point range and 78.6 percent (11-of-14) at the line. The Foresters were 30-of-64 (46.9 percent) from the floor, 8-of-26 (30.8 percent) behind the arc and 9-of-15 (60.0 percent) at the free throw line.

Lake Forest dominated the glass outrebounding the Pioneers, 42-27. The Foresters committed 15 turnovers, while Marietta turned the ball over 10 times.

Marietta jumps back into Ohio Athletic Conference play on Saturday (Jan. 5) when the Pioneers travel to Tiffin for a 3 p.m. at Heidelberg University.