2.15.14 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Burn Dragons 85-69

Women's Basketball, 2014-02-15

(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – The shots kept falling for Walsh in one of its finest shooting days of the season in an 85-69 victory over Tiffin at Alumni Arena on Saturday. The Cavaliers (9-15, 5-13) made 50.9 percent on the afternoon and played their part on the defensive end as they forced the Dragons (7-15, 4-14) into 30 turnovers.

The offense was led by Rachael Trujillo (So., 5-8, Cleveland, OH/Westlake) who had a breakout game. Of her career-high 21 points, 14 of those came in the first half as Walsh took control of the game. The Cavs led by as many as 19 in the first half after a Trujillo jumper made the score 43-24 with 2:24 to go. Walsh went into the locker room up 45-29.

The second half belonged to Tara Gallupe (Sr., 6-0, Pittsburgh, PA/Avonworth) as she scored 15 of her 21 points. As Tiffin was attempting to get back in the game, she had baskets on three consecutive possessions with a couple of jumpers and a 3-pointer to help put Walsh up 62-40 with 13:40 to play. She made all six attempts from the field in the second half and was 7-of-11 for the game.

The Dragons eventually cut the deficit to 12 after a Jordan Fraley jumper made the score 63-51, but a 17-5 run capped off by a Kelsey Funderburgh (So., 5-7, North Lewisburg, OH/Triad/Morehead State) basket gave the Cavs its largest lead of the day at 80-56.

Trujillo was 9-of-14 from the field which included three 3-pointers. She also added five rebounds and four assists. Gallupe has now scored at least 21 points in the last three games. Funderburgh was also part of the cerberus of problems as she added 18 points.

Walsh took advantage of the extra opportunities Tiffin gave it as the Cavs outscored the Dragons 33-16 in points off turnovers. Despite losing the rebounding advantage 42-34, the Cavs controlled the scoring in the paint 36-26.

The Cavs will now get ready for their final home game of the year against Findlay. The Oilers come to Alumni Arena on Thursday with tip-off set for 5:30 p.m. All fans are encouraged to wear white. The game will be streamed live on TEAMLINE.

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