Freshman guard Katie Wall took over in the fourth quarter scoring the final seven points of the game, which led to a Maverick victory. The Mavericks are red hot and are on a five-game winning streak after their latest 72-69 victory over Post University.
The last time the Mavericks were on a five-game winning streak was 1988. The Eagles were on a four-game winning streak prior to losing to Mercy on Dec. 4.
Four Mavericks scored in double figures including Katie Wall, who had 13 points and shot a perfect free throw percentage in the final 14 seconds of action. Sophomore guard Taysha Bender led the Mavericks in scoring with 19 points. She also nailed four three-pointers in the game. Senior Center Abigail Collier secured a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds. Forward Amber Brown had ten points and is now two shy of joining the 1,000 point club.
Sha’Raya Haines and Taylor Williams were the games leading scorers for the Eagles with 22 points each.
Early on, the Eagles took a 13-6 lead with six minutes played in the first quarter. Mercy fired back and went on a 9-0 run to take a slim two-point lead. Post went on a run of their own and was up 20-17 heading into quarter two. The Eagles expanded on their lead but Mercy answered again and went a 13-2 run. The Mavericks were up 36-33 at the end of the first half.
Post opened up the second half strong and went on an 18-8 run. Mercy battled back and could cut the lead to five going into the final quarter of play. The fourth quarter was a game of back-and-forth action. The post had a small lead at the beginning of the last period but Mercy went on 9-4 run which gave them a 62-61 lead. Post retook the lead, but guard Katie Wall took over the game by hitting a huge three-pointer and also making some key free throws down the stretch. The post was down by three and attempted a last-second shot to tie but it was no good.
Mercy only shot 37 percent from the floor, but they shot 45 percent from downtown. Post shot 39 percent from the floor, but only 35 percent from beyond the arc.
Head coach Scott Lagas has his team rolling into their next contest against Concordia. Since 2009 Mercy has a 4-1 record against Concordia.
Amber Brown is leading the ECC averaging 19.1 points per game. She also is averaging a team-high 7.0 rebounds on the year. Katie Wall has 17 threes made on the year which is leading the Mavericks.