11.29.12 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Last-Second Shot Downs Cavs 58-57

Women's Basketball, 2012-11-29

Walsh played tough in its first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game, but fell in heartbreaking fashion as Northern Michigan scored with 1.8 seconds left to win 58-57. The Cavaliers are now 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the conference. The Wildcats, who also played in their conference opener, are 4-1 overall.

The Cavaliers raced out to an 8-0 lead to start the game before Northern Michigan came back and battled point for point for the first 20 minutes. At the break, Walsh held a 25-24 advantage. Both teams battled close for the second half as well with neither team holding a lead more than seven points.

Walsh’s largest lead in the second half was five points and was last held at 54-49 with 3:48 to play following a free throw by Maggie Berry (Jr., 6-0, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph Academy). The Wildcats then started their run down the stretch and eventually tied the game at 56-56 following a Lauren Gruber 3-pointer.  Tara Gallupe (Jr., 6-0, Pittsburgh, PA/Avonworth) gave Walsh its final lead of the game following a free throw with 14 seconds left. As the Wildcats drove the length of the floor, the Cavs forced a loose ball, but could not get a hold of it before Alyssa Colla picked up the ball and put it in off the glass with 1.8 seconds left.

Berry led all scorers with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting that included a pair of 3-pointers. Gallupe also reached double-digits with 13 points. Lydia Corle (Fr., 5-9, North Canton, OH/Green) was the final Cavs player to reach double figures and did so with 10 points.

Overall, Walsh was outrebounded 38-19 but made up for it on the defensive end as the Cavaliers forced 24 turnovers. Walsh turned the ball over only 13 times.

The Cavaliers will next be in action this Saturday as they host the Michigan Tech Huskies. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.