12.17.12 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Payne's Buzzer-Beater Gives Cavs First GLIAC Victory

Women's Basketball, 2012-12-17

Walsh defeated Saginaw Valley State in dramatic fashion to earn its first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win by a score of 49-47 in Alumni Arena Monday evening. Tracy Payne (Sr., 5-5, Danville, OH/HS/Notre Dame College) scored the buzzer-beating game winner as time expired to give the Cavaliers (3-4, 1-4) the victory. The Cardinals fall to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in the conference.

The Cavaliers led for a majority of the first half and obtained their largest lead of 11 following a pair of free throws by Whitney Dabbelt (So., 6-0, West Carrollton, OH/Archbishop Alter) with 2:55 remaining in the first half. Walsh kept the lead going into halftime up 25-18.

Saginaw Valley State started the second stanza strong and scored 21 of the first 27 points to take its largest lead of the game at 39-31 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game. Over the next five minutes of the game, the Cavs regrouped and went on an 11-2 run to regain the lead.

From there, both teams battled back and forth. Payne was a force down the stretch as she was able to tie the game up with two of her game-high 13 points on a layup with 49 seconds left. Following a pair of missed jumpers by the Cards, Payne stole the ball with 13 seconds remaining.

Following a timeout and with time ticking away, Payne drove the lane and pulled up for a shot with four seconds to go. It was just off the mark, but Dabbelt was able to pull down the rebound and kick it back out to Payne just inside the three-point line on the left wing. She immediately put the ball back up and found nothing but the bottom of the net as time expired.

Alyssa Jones (So., 5-9, Louisville, OH/HS) also had a big game as she scored 11 points in the win. Dabbelt added four points and was an important presence on the post as she had eight rebounds.

Walsh will attempt to keep the home-court momentum going this Wednesday as they host former conference rival Notre Dame College. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.