11.13.13 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: No. 2 Gannon Overrules Walsh

Women's Basketball, 2013-11-13

(ERIE, Pa.) - Going up against the No. 2 team in the nation on the road can sometimes be intimidating, but Walsh held its own before it eventually fell to Gannon 80-68. The defeat brings the Cavaliers’ record to 2-1, while the Golden Knights were playing in their season opener.

The opening half featured plenty of back and forth action. A total of eight lead changes occurred as both teams exchanged baskets midway through the opening period. Walsh led by three after a layup by Jalynn Graham (Fr.,5-5, Columbus, OH/Central Crossing) made the score 16-13 with 10:48 left in the opening half. The Cavs’ last lead came when Kelsey Funderburgh (So., 5-7, North Lewisburg, OH/Triad/Morehead State) scored on a jumper to make the score 21-20 with 5:50 to go in the half. However, Gannon answered with a 3-pointer by Brittany Batts that sparked a 16-7 run to give the hosts a 37-27 lead at halftime.

Early in the second half, a pair of free throws by Funderburgh capped off an 11-3 run to bring the Cavs within a possession at 41-38 with 16:41 remaining. It was the closest Walsh could get the rest of the way as Gannon eventually pushed its lead back to  double digits.

Walsh’s last run came when Funderburgh scored on a layup to cut the Knights’ lead to 63-59 with 5:54 left in the game, but the Cavs were unable to make another basket from the field for the next four minutes. In the mean time, Gannon pushed its lead up to 13 during that span. 

The 3-pointer was a link to victory for Gannon as they made 10 of them during the game. Batts was the source for half of them as she was 5-of-9 from behind the arc. She was one of a triforce of Golden Knights to score 15 points.

Funderburgh nearly matched her on 3-pointers, but did lead with a game-high 22 points. She was 4-of-9 on the bonus shots, 7-of-15 overall from the field, and hit all four of her attempts from the foul line. Graham also had an impact with 18 points on 7-of-15 from the floor.

The Cavaliers return to action against Maryville (Mo.) University of the Great Lakes Valley Conference in a regional contest at Alumni Arena this Saturday at 1 p.m. It is the opening game of a double-feature that will also see the men’s basketball team host Wilberforce at 4 p.m.