12.11.12 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Escape with 68-66 Win

Women's Basketball, 2012-12-11

(North Canton, OH) Walsh snapped a four-game slid with a 68-66 win over visiting Ohio Mid-Western College (6-5) tonight in a non-conference game at Alumni Arena.  The Cavs are idle until next Monday when they host Saginaw Valley State University in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game at 7 pm.

Despite just having five players, Ohio Mid-Western hung with the Cavs and led 39-37 at the half.  Walsh shot a blistering 64% (18-28) from the field, but kept the visiting Rams in the game by committing 16 first half turnovers. 

Walsh came out firing in the second half and outscored the Rams 14-2 in the first 5:09 and took a 51-41 lead.  The ten-point advantage was the Cavs largest lead of the game.  The Rams then scored the next seven points to climb back into the game. 

The contest was tight the rest of the way, with the Rams regaining the lead at 55-53 with 9:40 left.  They would take their largest lead of the night at 57-53 with 8:29 to play. Tracy Payne (5-5, Sr., Danville, OH/HS), who paced the Cavs with 19 points, then hit a three to pull the Cavs to within one point at 57-56 with 7:48 left.

Walsh would tie the game at 60 with 5:34 to play on a jumper by Lydia Corle (5-9, Fr., North Canton, OH/Green) and then take the lead for good at 62-60 on a layup from Payne with five minutes left.

Payne would score again, on another layup, to give the Cavs a 64-60 advantage with 4:38 to play. The Rams answered on a jumper by Brittany Reynolds, and trimmed the lead to two points at 64-62 with 4:25 left.

The score remained the same until the 1:17 mark when Walsh’s Audrey Badovick (5-5, So., Norwalk, OH/St. Paul) scored on a jumper from the left side to put the Cavs up 66-62 with 1:17 left.

Brittany Fisher scored a on a layup for the Rams on the next possession and Walsh led 66-64 with 53 seconds to play.  Corle and the Rams’ Ryan Thurman then traded buckets and Walsh led 68-66 with 30 seconds to play.

After Walsh missed a free throw with 24 seconds, the Rams missed two shots inside ten feet and then a desperation three from Fisher as the clock ran out.

Payne led Walsh with 19 points.  Corle added 13 points and five rebounds and Maggie Berry added 11 points and four rebounds.  Berry was 4-6 from the floor. 

Ryan Thurman led the Rams with 19 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.

Walsh shot 58% from the field, but turned the ball over 25 times.