2.16.12 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Cruise Over Wilberforce 87-51

Women's Basketball, 2012-02-16

Walsh snapped a three-game losing skid with a 87-51 win over visiting Wilberforce in the Cavaliers final American Mideast Conference game ever Tuesday evening. The Cavaliers (13-15, 10-4), who will be a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) next season, have defeated the Bulldogs (3-23, 2-11) eight consecutive times dating back to 2007.

The Walsh offense, which has struggled as of late, came alive tonight shooting 55.4 percent, including a blistering 70.8 percent in the second half. Walsh led from start to finish and never let Wilberforce have any chances to come back. The Cavaliers led by as many as 22 in the first half and led 42-22 at the break.

That lead steadily increased in the second half and eventually grew to 39 points. The ball was spread around the court well as 13 Cavaliers scored in the game.

Perhaps the only thing more noticeable than Walsh’s offensive production was the turnovers by Wilberforce. The Bulldogs had 40 in the game, including 25 in the first half. The Cavaliers took advantage in a big way and scored 44 points off the miscues.

Kristi Yoder (Sr., 6-1, Millersburg, OH/Hiland) led the team with 17 points on 5-of-10 from the field and 7-of-11 from the charity stripe. Tracy Payne (Jr., 5-5, Danville, OH/HS/Notre Dame College) added 12 points for the Cavs and Tara Gallupe (So., 6-0, Pittsburgh, PA/Avonworth) rounded out Walsh’s double-figure scorers with 10 markers.

Emily Taylor (Fr., 5-6, Elyria, OH/Elyria Catholic) stood out on defense with five steals. Whitney Dabbelt (Fr., 6-0, West Carrolton, OH/Alter) defended the post well with four blocked shots and six rebounds.

Walsh is now off until next Saturday, Feb. 25 when it hosts Notre Dame College in the final regular season game. The game will be tape delayed on SportsTime Ohio (STO).