12.14.13 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Overpower Lake Superior in Overtime

Women's Basketball, 2013-12-14

(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Walsh edged out Lake Superior State by a score of 76-69 in overtime for its first conference win of the season and ended a three-game losing streak Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers evened up their record at 4-4 overall and are now 1-3 in the GLIAC. The Lakers dropped to 1-7 overall and are also 1-3 in the conference.

The game was closely contested as neither team held a lead larger than eight points. That eight point lead belonged to Walsh after Rachel Trujillo (So., 5-8, Cleveland, OH/Westlake) scored on a layup to make the score 32-24 with 2:18 to play in the first half. The play capped a 12-2 run by the Cavs to give them momentum going into the break with a 32-26 lead.

The Lakers found the tide in their favor just as easy afterwards as they started the second half on an 11-2 run over the first two minutes thanks to a trio of 3-pointers by Stephanie Fisher. Another 3-pointer by Megan Manninen gave Lake Superior its largest lead of the game at 44-38 with 12:27 to play in regulation.

Walsh remained composed and found itself back on top by five in the last minutes of the game, but missed free throws allowed the Lakers to stay in the game. Lake Superior was able to cut the lead to 64-62 with 19 seconds left and tied it on a jumper with two seconds left to force overtime.

Overtime belonged to the Cavaliers as they never trailed. Alyssa Jones (Jr., 5-9, Louisville, OH/HS) scored the first point of the extra time on a jumper. It was answered by a Manninen layup, but the Cavs took the lead for good with a 3-pointer by Kelsey Funderburgh (So., 5-7, North Lewisburg, OH/Triad/Morehead State) with 3:19 left in the game.

Funderburgh came up big defensively as well down the stretch with two steals, her only swipes of the game, in the last 11 seconds to ice the game. She finished with 14 points with eight rebounds and four assists.

Whitney Dabbelt (Jr., 6-1, West Carrollton, OH/Archbishop Alter) had an impressive game as she led the team with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting and pulled down 13 rebounds for the double-double. She added a pair of blocks and a steal on the defensive end. Trujillo also had an impressive game with 13 points on 5-of-8 from the field with five assists.

The Cavs return to action and close out the calendar year with their third consecutive home game against St. Joseph’s on Thursday. The non-conference affair is set to tip-off at 6 p.m.