Fourth Quarter Woes Send Trojans Home with a Five Point Loss to No. 21 MNVU

 MOUNT VERNON, Ohio. – On Wednesday evening the Taylor University women’s basketball team lost to No. 21 Mount Vernon Nazarene (8-2, 3-0 CL) by a score of 68-63, after losing a long-held lead late in the fourth quarter.

For three quarters a stout Trojan defense helped maintain its stubborn lead, holding the Cougars to just 17 made field-goals on 36.2 percent shooting en route to a five-point lead heading into the fourth.

The defense could not hold, however, as the Trojans shot just 27.8 percent down the stretch while turning the ball over seven times in the fourth quarter alone. Meanwhile, the Cougars increased their shooting percentage to 50 percent in the final frame while shooting a perfect 6-6 from the free-throw line, flipping the script with just 27 seconds left to play.

Sophomore, Taylor Westgate, filled the stat sheet, collecting her sixth double-double of the season with 18 points and 19 boards. Her 18 points, however, were scattered throughout a total of 27 shots taken.

Along with her sophomore teammate, senior, Kayla Kirtley, also scored a double-double, her second of the season, thanks to 13 points in tandem with 11 rebounds.

Nonetheless, the Trojan duo was not able to overcome the team’s fourth quarter woes as the Trojans were outscored 22-12 in the game’s final 10 minutes, losing their second-consecutive Crossroads League game by a score 68-63.

Taylor (5-6, 1-2 CL) will be back in action on Saturday, December 4th, when the Trojans host No. 9 Marian (8-2, 3-0 CL) at 1:00 pm inside Odle Arena.