Marietta women too much for Muskingum, 84-72

NEW CONCORD — The Marietta College women’s basketball team used a big third quarter to earn an 84-72 win over Muskingum Wednesday.

“I am really proud of our effort and attention to detail in the third quarter,” said MC head coach Kole Vivian. “That was the best we have played all season.”

Marietta (5-7 overall, 1-4 OAC) knocked down the opening two baskets of the game when Camille Cummins and Alexis Enochs each made a layup. The Pioneers maintained their edge and led, 13-9 midway through the first quarter. Late in the first quarter, Marietta opened up a 6-0 run to take a 24-14 advantage with under a minute to play. The run was sparked by a three pointer from Marlo Taylor. The Fighting Muskies closed out the quarter with five straight points, but the Pioneers led, 24-19 to enter the second quarter.

Muskingum (2-8, 0-5) tied the game at 24-24 to open the second quarter, as they scored on their first three possessions of the quarter. The game remained tight, as Marietta held a 29-28 edge behind a foul shot from Emma Cannon. The Pioneers trailed 41-32 to enter the intermission.

Marietta opened the third quarter on a 10-0 run to take a 42-41 edge. Enochs scored eight of the points during the run, and Bailee Brooks scored the other basket. After Muskingum responded to take a 44-42 edge, Marietta answered with a 12-0 run to take a 54-44 lead at the 4:39 mark of the third quarter. The run was highlighted by four points from Devin Hefner. The Pioneers outscored the Fighting Muskies 30-9 in the third quarter, and led 62-50 to enter the final frame.

Marietta continued to pull away in the fourth quarter, as they opened the final frame on an 11-2 run. The run was started by five consecutive points from Jill Congrove and capped by a jumper from Taylor, which put the Pioneers on top 73-52, just over two minutes into the final quarter. Muskingum attempted to make a couple of runs in the fourth quarter, but Marietta quickly halted the momentum, and never relinquished a double-digit lead. The Pioneers won the game 84-72.

Enochs led Marietta as she scored a game high 24 points, and pulled down nine rebounds. Hefner added 20 points, seven rebounds, and a game high five steals. Cummins and Taylor each tallied 10 points to the Pioneers offense in the game.

Marietta will return to the hardwood Saturday when travel to battle Heidelberg University with tip-off scheduled for 3 p.m.