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Sophomore Mackenzie Reed had a career-high in steals and assists in Coe's loss.
Sophomore Mackenzie Reed had a career-high in steals and assists in Coe's loss.
Women's Basketball - Fri, Dec. 30, 2011

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Mount Mercy hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start the game, as they snapped Coe's nine-game winning streak Friday night at Eby Fieldhouse. The Mustangs hit 17 3-pointers in the 80-68 victory.

Mount Mercy took a 15-6 lead on back-to-back 3-pointers by Micha Mims, her third of the game, with 12:45 to play in the first half.  Coe then used a 9-1 run over the next 3:31 to cut the lead to one.  Back-to-back baskets in the paint by Caitlin Kray (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier) and Mackenzie Reed (Iowa City, Iowa/West) cut the Mustang led to 23-21 with 7:11 left in the first half.  Mount Mercy closed the opening frame on an 18-6 run before freshman Megan Hayes (Bettendorf, Iowa/Bettendorf) hit a free throw with :22 to play.

Coe was able to get the lead down to six with 13:27 to play on baskets by Leslie Ware (Des Moines, Iowa/Johnston) and Reed, but the Mustangs answered with an 11-4 run in the next 2:04 to put the lead back to double digits.  Mount Mercy hit three 3-point baskets during the run.

Kayla Waskow (Dunkerton, Iowa/Dunkerton) led the Kohawks with 20 points, while Reed added 14.  Mims and Emily Greiner scored a game-high 27 points apiece for Mount Mercy, as they both hit seven 3-pointers.  In her first game back from injury after missing the last 10 games, sophomore Mary Halvorson (Waterville, Iowa/Waukon) scored eight points.  Ware and Hayes added seven for Coe.

Hayes finished with a game-high nine rebounds, with Waskow adding eight.  Reed had a career-high in steals (four) and assists (four), while Waskow had a career-high five steals.  Hayes blocked two shots.

The difference in the game was the shooting from downtown, as Coe was just 2-of-12 (16.7%) and Mount Mercy was 17-of-28 (60.7%).  Both teams shot over 43 percent from the field, as Coe was 28-of-64 (43.8%) and the Mustangs were 29-of-63 (46.0%).

Coe returns to Iowa Conference play on Wednesday, as they host Simpson.  Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Eby Fieldhouse.  The Kohawks and Storm have shared the last two Iowa Conference Titles.