12.20.11 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Host Moundbuilders Tonight

Women's Basketball, 2011-12-20

Walsh (6-4) will attempt to win its third consecutive game as the Cavaliers host visiting Southwestern College (7-5) out of Kansas. The Cavs are coming off a pair of wins at the Step It Up Classic hosted by Northwood. Walsh defeated Southwestern Christian University by a 67-62 decision on Friday and defeated the hosting Seahawks 82-51 on Saturday.

The Moundbuilders come into tonight’s game with a record of 7-5 after losing their most recent contest by a score of 86-76 to Friends University. They are led in scoring by Brett Bates, who averages 17 points per game with 31 three-pointers made on the season. They also have to other players averaging double-figures in Zefiryn Bryan with an 11.8 average and Brittney Chamberlain with 10.9 average.

Tracy Payne (5-5, Jr., Danville, OH/HS/Notre Dame College) (pictured left) leads the team in scoring with 13.5 points per game. Daniella Ciccarone (So., 5-8, Quakertown, PA/ Quakertown Community) is the other Cavaliers player to average double figures with 10.4 points per game.

Against SCU, the Cavs found themselves trailing 32-12 at one point in the first half before recovering to make the score 35-28 at halftime. In the second half, Walsh prevented the Eagles from scoring in the first seven minutes and eventually took the lead. Mandi Swickard (6-1, Sr., Alexandria, OH/Northridge) continued her fine play in helping lead the comeback. Swickard was a perfect 7-7 from the floor and finished with a team-high 15 points and seven rebounds. Payne added 13 points and five rebounds and Tanisha Lawler (5-7, Fr., Euclid, OH/Hathaway Brown) tallied 10 points off the bench.

The Cavs had little trouble in the second game against Northwood as they lead by as many as 40 over the Seahawks. Walsh came out of the locker room hot, shooting over 50% from the field in building a 42-23 halftime advantage. The Cavs balanced attack received strong efforts from Payne, Maggie Berry (So., 6-0, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph), and Kristi Yoder (Sr., 6-1, Millersburg, OH/Hiland). Payne, the Cavs leading scorer, led the way with 14 points, shooting 5-9 from the field and 3-4 from behind the arc. Berry added 13 points, six assists and four steals, while Yoder scored 10 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds to go with two assists and two blocked shots.
Southwestern College has also played Southwestern Christian University. The two schools met twice this season with Moundbuilders winning both contests. Southwestern College defeated the Eagles 76-56 on the road and 94-57 at home.