12.19.12 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Payne's Free Throws in Final Five Seconds Provide Cavs with Third Straight Win

Women's Basketball, 2012-12-19

(North Canton, OH) Tracy Payne’s (5-5, Sr., Danville, OH/HS) two free throws with five seconds to play gave Walsh a 44-42 win over visiting Notre Dame College (2-9) at Alumni Arena.  The win, the third straight for the Cavs, evened their record at 4-4.  Walsh is idle until December 29, when they host Gannon University in a non-league game at 1 pm.

Despite 14 first half turnovers, Walsh led 28-23 at the half. The Cavs smothering defense limited the Falcons to just 7-29 from the field and to 2-15 from three-point. 

Walsh scored just nine points in the first 15 minutes of the second half and fell behind 41-37 with 4:59 to play.  The Cavs then closed to within one point at 41-40 with 4:14 to play on a Payne three-point play.  Walsh then took the lead at 42-41 with 2:01 to play on a jumper from freshman Victoria Harris (6-1, Chicago, IL/Trinity).

With Walsh leading 42-41 with 30 seconds to play, Molly Ritz was fouled by Walsh’s Whitney Dabbelt (6-0, So., West Carrollton, OH/Alter) and split two free throws to tie the game.  As she did on Monday night against Saginaw Valley, Payne provided the winning points, this time on two free throws with five seconds left.  On Monday, Payne hit a jumper as time expired to give Walsh its first GLIAC 54-52.  Notre Dame then turned the ball over while trying to advance up the floor and Walsh had its third straight win.

Payne, who scored five of Walsh’s final seven points, was the only player to score in double figures with 11 points.  Dabbelt led all rebounders with nine and blocked three shots.  Harris was 3-4 from the floor and had six points.  Maggie Berry (6-0, Jr., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph) and Tara Gallupe (6-0, Jr., Pittsburgh, OH/Avonworth) each had seven rebounds. 

Molly Ritz and Lauren Macer each had eight points for the Falcons.

Walsh held the Falcons to 23% from the floor on 13-57, and to 12% from three-point on 3-26.  The Cavs also out-rebounded the visitors 43-39.