Mount Union advances to OAC final
Rose recorded her third double-double of the season
ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Amanda Rose recorded her third double-double of the season, finishing with 19 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, to lead Mount Union's nationally ranked women's basketball team past Capital 79-55 in an Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex on Thursday.
Kori Wiedt added 14 points and Brittany Kilgore contributed 10 points and six rebounds for the Purple Raiders (24-3), who will make their second consecutive appearance in the OAC title game.
Mount Union, ranked 14th by ESPN/USA Today and 18th by D3Hoops.com, will take on seven-seed John Carroll (16-11), which won at third-seed Ohio Northern 71-70. The Purple Raiders are the top seed while Capital (16-10) was No. 5.
The Raiders charged to an early 18-4 lead, which included a 12-point run. Wiedt was one of four players to hit 3-pointers while leading the outburst with seven points.
The Crusaders trimmed their deficit to 41-32 at halftime before the Mount Union took command with a 15-6 second-half run. Rose cashed in seven points during that stretch, which Rosa LaMattina finished off with a 3-pointer to put the Raiders up 58-40.
Kuhns was Capital's top scorer, finishing with 14 points and seven rebounds. Brea Tackett added 13 points and Elizabeth Ladrach grabbed eight boards.