2.14.12 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Fall to Roberts Wesleyan 45-37

Women's Basketball, 2012-02-14

(Rochester, N.Y.) - Offensive woes in the second half doomed Walsh as Roberts Wesleyan defeated the Cavaliers 45-37 Tuesday evening. The Cavs (13-15, 9-4) have now dropped three consecutive games with all of them on the road. The Raiders (19-9, 9-4) are now tied for third in the conference standings with Walsh.

Walsh shot a dismal 10 percent from the field with just three made field goals in the second half, a sharp contrast after making 41.7 percent of its shots (10-24) in the first half. The Raiders’ defense had a lot do do with that as they blocked six shots in the second half and seven total in the game.

It overshadowed a strong first half performance by the Cavaliers, one in which they led for the majority. Walsh led by as many as eight after Megan Hogg (Fr., 6-0, Waukee, IA/HS/NW Missouri State) scored on a jumper to make the score 15-7 with 10:25 remaining in the half. Roberts Wesleyan answered with an 11-2 run to regain the lead before consecutive baskets by Mandi Swickard (Sr., 6-1, Alexandria, OH/Northridge) and Maggie Berry (So., 6-0, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph) gave the Cavs a 21-18 lead heading into the halftime break.

In the second half, Roberts Wesleyan took the lead for good on a basket by Sarah Child which made the score 24-23. It was in the midst of a 12-3 run by the Raiders. Tracy Payne (Jr., 5-5, Danville, OH/HS/Notre Dame College) then drained a three-pointer to cut the deficit to three at 30-27, but that was as close as the Cavs got to Roberts Wesleyan the rest of the way.

Daniella Ciccarone (So., 5-8, Quakertown, PA/Community Senior) paced the Cavs offense with 10 points. Tara Gallupe added nine points with team-highs in rebounds with eight and steals with three. Berry also had three steals for Walsh. 

The Cavaliers return home this Thursday to entertain Wilberforce. It will be Walsh’s final game as a member of the American Mideast Conference. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.