1.23.14 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Fall In Close One To ODU

Women's Basketball, 2014-01-23

(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – In a game in which neither team held more than a two-possession lead, it was Ohio Dominican that saw itself on the winning end with a 70-66 decision over Walsh. The Cavaliers (6-11, 2-9) and Panthers (7-8, 4-7) exchanged leads 13 times and were tied nine times during the game.

The turning point late in the game came late as the Panthers went on a 7-1 run with 2:28 remaining in the game. After Walsh took its last lead at 59-58 with 3:30 to go, the Panthers tied it with a free throw before they regained the lead on a Kacee Hockenberry jumper.  Tara Gallupe (Sr., 6-0, Pittsburgh, PA/Avonworth) made one of two free throws on the Cavs’ next trip down the floor, but ODU capitalized on a pair of turnovers to go up 66-60.

A 3-pointer by Audrey Badovick (Jr., 5-5, Norwalk, OH/St. Paul) brought the Cavs within three at 66-63 with 58 seconds to go, but Hockenberry converted her two free throw attempts after a foul to put ODU back up by five. Jalynn Graham (Fr., 5-5, Columbus, OH/Central Crossing) put the Maroon and Gold back in contention with a basket on a foul that made the score 68-66. With a little less than a 10 second difference on the shot clock and game clock, Hockenberry answered yet again with a jumper with nine seconds to go to set up the final score.

Rebounds hurt the Cavaliers as Ohio Dominican controlled the glass by a 48-23 margin. Of those 48, ODU had 18 on the offensive end which led to 18 second chance points. Turnovers helped keep Walsh in the game. Even though the Cavs turned the ball over 20 times, the Panthers returned it 26 times. Walsh took advantage of those with 27 points off turnovers while ODU scored 19 off Walsh miscues.

Sarah Stephenson (So., 6-0, New Philadelphia, OH) had another strong game as she led the team with 13 points coming off the bench. She was 5-of-9 from the field and hit 3-of-6 from behind the arc. Graham added 12 points on 5-of-8 from the field. Galluped also scored 12 points for the Cavs’ double-figure scorers.

Hockenberry scored a game-high 21 for Ohio Dominican.

The Cavs head back on the road and will take on Tiffin on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.