1.30.14 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Oilers Slip By Cavs 56-51

Women's Basketball, 2014-01-30

(FINDLAY, Ohio) - The University of Findlay led from start to finish as Walsh fell on the road by a score of 56-51. The Cavaliers are now 6-12 overall and 2-10 in the conference. The Oilers improve to 9-8 overall and are now a game under .500 in the GLIAC at 6-7.

The Cavaliers battled throughout the game despite Findlay’s threats to take control at various points in the contest. Both squads remained neck and neck for the majority of the first half, but the Oilers made a 9-2 run over the last seven minutes of the opening period as Walsh had trouble getting baskets. The result was a 27-17 lead for Findlay at the break.

Findlay eventually pushed that lead to 12 at 31-19 early in the second half, but the Cavs stayed competitive. Sarah Stephenson (So., 6-0, New Philadelphia, OH/HS) eventually cut Walsh’s deficit to a single possession after a 3-pointer made the score 49-46 with 3:50 to play. She hit another important basket from behind the arc after Findlay went up six to put Walsh back within three with 64 seconds left.

After a Findlay turnover, Walsh had a couple of opportunities to tie the game, but 3-point attempts by Rachael Trujillo (So., 5-8, Cleveland, OH/Westlake) and Kelsey Funderburgh (North Lewisberg, OH/Triad/Morehead State) were no good and the Cavs were forced to foul. The Oilers’ Karli Beasley made the final two free-throws to ice the game.

Whitney Dabbelt (Jr., 6-1, West Carrollton, OH/Archbishop Alter) had an impressive game with 14 points to lead the Cavs after she shot 5-of-7 from the field. She also pulled down 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Jalynn Graham (Fr., 5-5, Columbus, OH/Central Crossing) added 13 points.

Findlay’s Ciara Geiger scored a game-high 16 points.

Walsh returns home when it plays host to Hillsdale on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. The game will be streamed live on TEAMLINE.