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Hillsdale Loses at Cedarville in G-MAC Opener

Hillsdale Loses at Cedarville in G-MAC Opener

Box Score

A promising first half disintegrated into a difficult second half Thursday night for the Hillsdale College women's basketball team.

A six-point lead at intermission was turned upside down by a 13-1 run by Cedarville University to end the third quarter. The Yellow Jackets went on to earn the victory, 76-60 over Hillsdale in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference opener for both teams. 

Hillsdale falls to 1-5 overall and 0-1 in the G-MAC with the loss. The team wraps up its road trip Saturday against Tiffin.

Back-to-back 3-point field goals by freshman guard Grace Touchette helped Hillsdale pull ahead 41-35 by halftime. The Chargers shot 56 percent from the floor in the first half and were running an effective offense with several players chipping in.

Hillsdale led 47-45 in the third quarter when Cedarville caught fire. The Yellow Jackets scored on six straight possessions to close the third quarter with a 58-48 lead. The momentum carried into the fourth quarter, where Cedarville outscored Hillsdale 18-12 to win the game.

The Jackets had two significant advantages in this contest. Cedarville did a good job of getting to the free throw line in the first three quarters, outscoring the Chargers 14-4 from the charity stripe. Cedarville also committed six fewer turnovers than Hillsdale (18-12) and held a 15-5 scoring edge in points off turnovers.

Senior Brittany Gray led the Hillsdale offense with 17 points, connecting on five 3-point baskets. That was the second-most threes she's hit in a game in her career.

Senior forward Makenna Ott had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists, while freshman Lauren Daffenberg came off the bench to score 15, going 7-for-12 from the floor.

PHOTO: Todd Lancaster