Updated Thu, Dec 19, 2013 8:26 pm
The Marietta Lady Pioneers traveled to Muskingum on Wednesday and were handed their third straight loss by a tally of 81-71. With the loss, Marietta fell to 6-4 overall and 1-3 in the OAC.
While shooting 63% from the field, the Pioneers went into the locker room with a 38-30 lead. After scoring the first basket in the second half, the Pios' chances of victory looked promising.
Immediately after the bucket, Muskingum went on a 19-5 run to take a 49-45 lead into the final 12:52 of the game. The Fighting Muskies would not look back, as Jasmine Goings hit a pair of free throws to push the lead to 12 with just over two minutes remaining.
Tori Dixon was the high scorer for Marietta, as she finished the game with 16 points on four three-pointers. Juniors Candice Alexander and Heather Booth chimed in with a combined 29 points and 12 rebounds.
Freshman Emily Sabatino started in her first game of the season and tallied seven points, while fellow freshman Mackenzie Kisser grabbed eight boards.
Muskingum was lead by Taylor Maurer, who led all scorers with 19 points. Alexys Settles chipped in with 14 points and five rebounds of her own. Angela Darnley also had 10 points and six boards.
Marietta was outrebounded for the first time since Dec. 7, against Wilmington College. Coach Shrider’s squad grabbed 33 boards while Muskingum grabbed 34. The Pios also turned over the ball 17 times, a key factor in the loss.
Marietta shot 48 percent from the field and 37 percent from beyond the arc but just could not knock down the crucial shots needed. Muskingum shot 47 percent from the floor and 56 percent behind the three-point line.
Marietta does not play again until after Christmas when the Pioneers host Hiram College in a non-conference matchup on Dec. 30 at 7:30.