CLINTON — The Ashford University Saints women’s basketball team sent its seniors out in style Saturday, eking out a 68-63 overtime win over the Mount Mercy Mustangs of Cedar Rapids in Midwest Classic Conference action on Senior Night.

Both of the Ashford women’s conference wins have come in overtime.

“It was a fantastic effort by our ladies tonight,” Saints women’s coach Chris Powers said. “They proved how tough they can play. This will be a game that the seniors will always remember.”

For a while it looked like the Ashford men would complete the twin bill sweep, but a 14-point halftime lead slipped away in a 78-76 loss.

Back in January when the Saints traveled to Cedar Rapids the Mustangs swept the Saints teams, taking a 66-54 decision in the women’s game and a 80-58 win in the men’s matchup.

The Saint women led 53-47 with just over a minute left in regulation when the Mustangs got a basket and hit four free throws to tie the game at 53-all with 10 seconds remaining.

Ashford’s Megan Beelman (15 points) got off a shot that was wide of the basket, sending it to overtime, the Saints third overtime in their last four home games.

Ashford (6-20, 2-10 Midwest Classic Conference) outscored the Mustangs 15-10 in the overtime period.

With the score tied at 57-all the Saints’ Megan Jaeger hit a key 3-pointer and Lindsey Miller (team-high 18 points) hit her first of three field goals and four free throws in the OT, along with a free throw each from Beelman and Michelle Rowley to put the game in the win column.

The game got off to a fast start as both team exchanged baskets for the first 10 minutes. The game was tied six times and the lead changed hands five times.

The Saints led 13-11 with 9:34 left in the first half. Scoring for Ashford in the early part of the game was Charity Turnbull, who hit the opening shot; Beelman, who hit a couple of baskets and two free throws; and Miller, who added a bucket.

The Mustangs (14-14, 6-6) used an 8-0 run to go on top 19-13.

The Saints got a basket each from Jakki Alexander, Jaeger and Beelman to tie the game at 19-all with 2:52 left in the half.

Mount Mercy responded with an 8-1 run to take a 27-20 halftime lead.

Beelman opened the second half with a pair of field goals, one a 3-pointer, to cut the margin to 27-25.

The game was tied two more times during the first five minutes of the second half, the last at 33-all.

Trailing 31-25 Ashford went on a 17-4 tear to go up 40-33 with just over 10 minutes left.

Midland High School graduate Addie McCreedy tied for team-high scoring honors for Mount Mercy with 13 points. Camanche High School graduate Katie Strain played 13 minutes for the Mustangs but did not score.

Men’s Game

The Ashford men saw a 40-26 halftime lead slip away in a game that they led from the beginning all the way down to the last three-and-a-half minutes.

The Saints (5-20, 1-10) led 66-60 with just over five minutes left when the Mustangs’ Jonathan Turner (game-high 23 points, 21 in the second half) hit a 3-pointer and Butch Wennerstrom hit a pair of field goals, one a 3-pointer, give Mount Mercy it’s first lead at 68-66 with 3:30 remaining.

Ashford’s Cash Bimm got a bucket tie the game at 68-all before teammate Aaron Thais (team-high 19 points) made two free throws (he was 8-for-8 from the line) to tie the game again at 70-all.

The Mustangs (10-16, 3-8) went up 77-74 after Turner hit two field goals and a pair of free throws. The Saints’ Somori Mussington got a rebound putback to make it a one-point game with 20 seconds remaining.

The Saints were forced to foul and Wennerstrom hit one of two free throws to make it 78-76 with just 10 seconds left.

Ashford got off one last shot, but it was off the mark.

The Saints’ Travis Eversmeyer (17 points, all in the first half) hit his first of four 3-pointers as they jumped out to a 13-5 lead after the first seven minutes.

Others scoring during the opening drive was Thais with a pair of treys, Lawrence with a dunk and Bimm with a bucket.

The Mustangs answered with an 11-3 run to tie the game at 16-all midway through the first half.

Lucas Lee (13 points), a senior from DeWitt, hit a 3-pointer for the Saints.

Ashford came right back with a 13-2 run to go on top 29-18 with 5:30 left in the first half. The Saints had three 3-pointers in the stretch, two from Eversmeyer and one from Thais, and a bucket each from Lawrence and Chaz Jones.

The Saints closed out the scoring in the first half as Lee and Eversmeyer both hit a couple of field goals along with a basket each from Thais and Mussington to increase their advantage to 40-26 at the half.

“Defensively, we broke down and they got the big shots when they needed them,” Ashford men’s coach Andy Eberhart said. “Missed free throws and some cold shooting in the second half hurt us. Our guys fought hard the whole game and never gave up.”

Central DeWitt High School graduate Brandon Barnhart played six minutes but did not score for Mount Mercy.

The Saints teams have two road dates remaining — Wednesday at William Penn and Saturday at Grand View before the conference tournament opens on Feb. 23.



Jenni Baker 2-8 6-10 12, Katie Smith 6-20 0-0 13, Dani Anderson 3-16 2-2 8, Addie McCreedy 4-6 5-7 13, Ali Goldsmith 2-8 0-2 4, Kelli Dabroski 1-2 0-0 2, Jill Smith 2-5 0-2 8, Jessie Dirks 1-8 0-0 3, Katie Strain 0-0 0-0 0, Chelsie Patrik 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-73 15-23 63.


Michelle Rowley 0-2 1-2 1, Tasha Glasgow 1-3 0-3 2, Charity Turnbull 2-9 0-1 4, Megan Van Hyfte 7-10 4-5 18, Megan Beelman 5-11 3-6 15, Lindsey Miller 5-13 8-10 18, Meagan Jaeger 3-6 0-0 7, Missy Hybarger 0-0 0-0 0, Jakki Alexander 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 24-56 17-29 68.

Halftime score—MM 27, Ashford 20. End of regulation—53-53. 3-point field goals—MM 6-30 (Baker 2-7, J. Smith 2-3, K. Smith 1-11, Dirks 1-5, Anderson 0-3, Goldsmith 0-1); Ashford 3-12 (Beelman 2-5, Jaeger 1-4, Glasgow 0-1, Rowley 0-1, Turnbull 0-1). Rebounds—MM 37 (Goldsmith 8); Ashford 45 (Miller 12). Assists—MM 10 (Baker 3, Anderson 3); Ashford 19 (Turnbull 9). Steals—MM 8 (K. Smith 3); Ashford 11 (Alexander 3, Jaeger 3). Turnovers—MM 13, Ashford 22. Total fouls—MM 18, Ashford 20. Fouled out—Ashford (Van Hyfte).

Records—Mount Mercy 14-14, 6-6 Midwest Classic Conference; Ashford 6-20, 2-10. Next game—Ashford at William Penn, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.



Jonathan Turner 8-17 3-4 23, Butch Wennerstrom 3-6 1-2 8, Matt Roling 2-7 0-0 6, Matt Spreacker 3-6 6-8 13, Pete Messerli 2-3 0-1 4, Steve Preuss 0-1 0-0 0, Josh Scott 2-3 0-0 5, Adam Novak 0-1 0-0 0, Brandon Barnhart 0-1 0-0 0, Dillon Cline 2-3 0-0 4, Travis Eagle 0-1 0-0 0, Steve Smith 4-5 7-8 15. Totals 26-54 17-23 78.


Aaron Thais 4-8 8-8 19, Travis Eversmeyer 6-12 1-2 17, Nick Lawrence 3-11 3-4 9, Ryan Hadra 0-0 0-0 0, Lucas Lee 5-6 2-5 13, Somori Mussington 3-7 0-0 6, Cash Bimm 2-5 2-4 6, Jawaan Willis 0-0 0-0 0, Patrick Steele 0-0 0-0 0, Chaz Jones 3-8 0-0 6. Totals 26-57 16-23 76.

Halftime score—Ashford 40, MM 26. 3-point field goals—MM 9-19 (Turner 4-6, Roling 2-7, Wennerstrom 1-2, Spreacker 1-2, Scott 1-2); Ashford 8-16 (Eversmeyer 4-6, Thais 3-4, Lee 1-1, Lawrence 0-2, Jones 0-2, Bimm 0-1). Rebounds—MM 32 (Smith 8); Ashford 28 (Lee 9). Assists—MM 15 (Spreacker 4); Ashford 15 (Lawrence 5). Steals—MM 6 (Messerli 2); Ashford 8 (Thais 4, Lawrence 4). Turnovers—MM 13, Ashford 12. Total fouls—MM 21, Ashford 21.

Records—Mount Mercy 10-16, 3-8 Midwest Classic Conference; Ashford 5-20, 1-10 MCC. Next game—Ashford at William Penn, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.