GOSHEN, Ind. – Freshman Liz Tecca equalled her career high of 19 points and the Maple Leafs had their best shooting game of the season, but it was not enough to earn a Crossroads League victory, losing to visiting Marian University 80-58 Wednesday night.
Goshen out shot the Knights 47.8% to 45.2%, topping their previous best of 46.8% set in the season opener. They also hit 50% (5-of-10) from 3-point territory, another season high. The difference, though, came in turnovers and rebounds. Goshen had 20 turnovers to just seven by Marian, while the Knights out rebounded the Leafs 39-31, including 15 on the offensive end.
Tecca's 19 points was her eighth game in double digits this season and matched her season high set in her collegiate debut against Holy Cross on November 2. Freshman Jo'Mani Thomas had her third straight game in double figures (ninth in last 11) with 14 points, and sophomore Jaime Stack finished one rebound short of a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds.
Marian was led by Adrienne Sahm and Rachel Turk who each scored 18 points. Turk registered her first double-double of the season with a game-high 10 rebounds. Lakan Hasser-Smith added 15 points for Marian who improves to 15-9 (5-8 CL).
The visitors led wire-to-wire in the contest, taking an early 6-1 lead just over three minutes in on a steal and basket by Jaidlin Delph. Goshen stuck close, though, and after trailing by eight, back-to-back buckets by Stack pulled them within four (14-10).
Marian then went on an 11-2 run to go up by double digits for the first time, leading 25-12 just past the midway point of the opening period. They eventually went up by as many as 17 before the Leafs scored the final four points of the half to trail just 41-28 heading into the locker rooms.
Behind Tecca and Thomas, Goshen started the second stanza strong. The freshman duo scored six points in the first two minutes and cut the gap back to nine (43-34). The Leafs only managed to get the deficit to as few as eight, but every time they made a run, the Knights responded. Marian closed the game on a 6-0 spurt, but had firm control of the game for much of the second half.
Goshen (2-23, 0-13 CL) dropped its 11th in a row and will be back in action when they travel to Grace College (16-9, 7-6) on Saturday.