11.6.13 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Stun Kent State

Women's Basketball, 2013-11-06

(KENT, Ohio) Walsh put forth a total team effort and stunned the Kent State Golden Flashes 89-80 in an exhibition game at the MAC Center tonight. It was Walsh's first win against a NCAA D-l opponent.  The Cavs open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 8, when they play at Davis & Elkins College at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on TEAMLINE.

Walsh shot 47% from three-point, and 46% from the floor and led 50-41 at halftime. Kent would hold early leads of 3-0, 10-6, 10-7 and 10-8, before Walsh took the lead for good at 11-10 on a old fashioned three-point play from Tara Gallupe (6-0, Sr., Pittsburgh, PA/Avonworth). Kelsey Funderburgh (5-7, So., North Lewisburg, OH/Triad/Morehead State) scored 14 first half points, and Walsh's bench contributed 24 first half points, as the Cavs led by as many as 11 points (31-20, 48-37). Jalynn Graham (Fr., Columbus, OH/Central Crossing) grabbed nine first half rebounds to go with five points, three assists and three steals. Gallupe scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds in six minutes before bumping her head on the floor. She did not return.

Kent would make runs in the final 20 minutes and tied the contest at 58, and 78 with 3:13 to play. Walsh was able to respond to every Flashes charge. After Kent knotted the game at 78 on a Rachel Mendelsohn three-pointer, the Cavs scored seven straight points to regain control. Funderburgh hit her fifth three-ball to break the tie, and give Walsh an 81-78 lead with 2:43 to play. Audrey Badovick (Jr., 5-5, Norwalk, OH/St. Paul) then scored on a layup with 1:56 to play, and Graham gave the Cavs an 85-78 lead on a layup with 1:22 remaining.

Kent would close to within five points at 85-80, but would get no closer. Walsh outscored the Golden Flashes 11-2 in the final 2:43.

Funderburgh led all scorers with 25 points. Badovick added 15 points on 6-10 from the floor, and the 5-5 Graham led all rebounders with 12, to go with 12 points, four assists and three steals. Maggie Berry (Sr., 6-0, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph Academy) added nine points, all in the second half.

The Cavs' bench was led by Sarah Stephenson's (So., 6-0, New Philadelphia, OH/HS) eight points. Rachel Trujillo (So., 5-6, Cleveland, OH/Westlake) added six points.

Walsh shot 44% from the floor and 46% from three-point. The Cavs were outstanding from the line, connecting on 21-25 (84%).