1.9.14 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Grand Valley Too Much For Walsh

Women's Basketball, 2014-01-09

(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Walsh fell in its first home contest of the year to Grand Valley State University by a score of 82-71 in GLIAC action Thursday evening. The Cavaliers are now 5-7 overall and drop to 1-6 in conference play. The Lakers improve to 8-3 overall and 6-1 in the GLIAC.

The Cavs jumped out to an early 5-0 lead to start the game before Grand Valley got in rhythm as both teams battled close for the first 20 minutes. The first half featured seven ties and three lead changes, but the visiting Lakers had momentum on their side going into the locker room after an 11-4 run gave them a 37-29 lead at the break.

That lead eventually was built to double digits early in the second half. The Cavs brought the deficit down to six after consecutive baskets made the score 39-33 with 18:57 to play, but Grand Valley controlled the tempo for the rest of regulation and led by as many as 19.

Rachael Trujillo (So., 5-8, Cleveland, OH/Westlake) paced the Cavaliers’ offense with 18 points. The majority of those points came from the charity stripe as she not only did an excellent job of getting to the line, but made 13-of-14 on the night. Jalynn Graham (Fr., 5-5, Columbus, OH/Central Crossing) and Tara Gallupe (Sr., 6-0, Pittsburgh, PA/Avonworth) also had strong games with 17 points each. Gallupe pulled down a game-high seven rebounds.

Bailey Cairnduff was a force for Grand Valley as she led the game with 29 points on 12-of-19 from the floor.

Walsh had trouble in the field as it shot 31.8 percent while Grand Valley made 50.8 percent of its total shots taken.

The Cavaliers will attempt to get back in the win column when they take on the Ferris State Bulldogs on Saturday at 1 p.m.