2.1.14 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Lose By One In Longest Game In Program History

Women's Basketball, 2014-02-01

(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – The record books are being rewritten, but not in a way that Walsh would prefer. In the longest game in program history, Walsh fell in a nail-biter to Hillsdale by a score of 106-105 in quadruple overtime in Alumni Arena. The marathon game between the Cavaliers (6-13, 2-11) and Chargers (8-10, 7-7) is also the longest and highest scoring game in NCAA Division II so far this season.

The game had about everything you could want in it. There was a record broken, a buzzer-beater, missed buzzer -beaters, and incredibly high stat lines by players on both sides of the court. For the Cavs, it was Kelsey Funderburgh (So., 5-7, North Lewisburg, OH/Triad/Morehead State) that led the Cavs with 33 points which included a record nine 3-pointers. The previous mark was set by Jessie Miller who hit eight against Mt. Vernon Nazarene during the 2009-10 campaign. The longest Walsh game prior to today was against Notre Dame College in which the Cavs lost 102-97 in triple overtime.

On the other end, however, was the nation’s rebounding leader Megan Fogt. The 6-0 junior couldn’t be stopped as she set numerous school records with 41 points and 24 rebounds in 58 minutes.

Not many people had any idea that a four-overtime time game was in the works after Hillsdale got off to a fast start. After a 3-pointer by Madison Berry, the Chargers found themselves up 22-11 midway through the first half. It was at that time that the Cavs started a fire and kept the game hot for the next 50 minutes via a 15-3 run capped off by a Jalynn Graham (Fr., 5-5, Columbus, OH/Central Crossing) jumper that gave them a 26-25 lead with 5:21 left before halftime. Hillsdale eventually went back up by five, but Walsh closed the half on a 6-0 run to close the half and went into the locker room with a 40-38 advantage.

Late baskets with time winding down started to become a trend with both teams making baskets to keep the game alive. At the end of the second half, Graham scored to tie the game at 66-66 before Hillsdale failed on two attempts to send it to the first overtime.

The third overtime was perhaps the most exciting as Funderburgh hit her eighth 3-pointer to put Walsh up by three with eight seconds left. Hillsdale responded by quickly pushing the ball up the court with Kadie Lowery tying the game on a 3-pointer from the baseline on the right side as time expired.

Walsh held a slim advantage again late in the fourth overtime after Tara Gallupe (Sr., 6-0, Pittsburgh, PA/Avonworth) scored on a jumper that made the score 105-103 with 1:18 to play. After both teams missed shots, Fogt tied the game on a pair of free throws when Funderburgh fouled out with 33 seconds to play.

Hillsdale found itself with the ball again after Walsh turned the ball over with 13 seconds. A foul by Gallupe with one second left put Fogt at the line again where she made the first and missed the second before time expired.

Turnovers hurt both teams during the game as Hillsdale gave the ball away 42 times and Walsh was charged for 22. The Cavs made the most out of the extra opportunities as they outscored the Chargers 33-22 in points off turnovers.

As expected, both teams had major production from other players besides Funderburgh and Fogt. For Walsh, Graham scored 22 points and Gallupe scored 17 points. For the Chargers, Berry scored 32 points.

Walsh won’t have much time to rest and will set its sights on rival Malone. The Pioneers will visit Alumni Arena on Monday with tip-off set for 5:30 p.m.