1.19.12 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Keep Mayor's Cup; Coach Wartluft Gets 100th Win With Walsh

Women's Basketball, 2012-01-19

Walsh defeated Malone to retain the Mayor’s Cup by a score of 61-49 in front of a full house in Osborne Hall. The win is the fifth straight Mayor’s Cup win for the Cavaliers (9-10) and avenges a loss to the Pioneers (9-10) from November. It also gives Head Coach Laurel Wartluft her 100th win with the Cavaliers.

The Cavs went down 8-4 early in the game, but responded well by going on a 21-3 run capped by a Maggie Berry (So., 6-0, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph) with 2:15 remaining in the half. Walsh ended up going in the locker room at the break with a 27-18 advantage.

Malone refused to quit, however, and came back to take a 36-34 lead after a pair of foul shots with 12:51 to play. The teams battled back and forth for the six minutes until Emily Taylor (Fr., 5-6, Elyria, OH/Elyria Catholic) gave the Cavs the lead for good on a three-pointer on the assist from Megan Hogg (Fr., 6-0, Waukee, IA/HS/Northwest Missouri State) to make the score 50-47. That sparked a 10-0 run with Hogg capping the run with a layup and three-pointer with 2:02 remaining.

Hogg led the Cavaliers and tied Malone’s Lindsy Snyder for game-high honors with 18 points. Hogg shot 77 percent from the field on 7-9 shooting, including 2-2 from behind the arc, and 2-2 from the charity stripe. Berry also had a strong game with eight points, eight rebounds, and five assists.

This was the Cavaliers ninth win in the last 10 meetings with Malone. The Cavs can retire the cup for their second time with a win in next year’s Mayor’s Cup meeting.

Walsh now travels to Michigan on Saturday to take on future GLIAC foe Hillsdale. Tip-off is set for  2 p.m.