2.25.12 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Drop Regular Season Finale to Notre Dame College

Women's Basketball, 2012-02-25

Walsh fell in its final regular season home game to visiting Notre Dame College by a count of 73-65 Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers (14-16) now waits until tomorrow to see what seed they will be in the Ohio Independent Championships. The Falcons (15-11) will also participate in the OIC tournament.

It was Senior Day for the Cavs, and Kristi Yoder (Sr., 6-1, Millersburg, OH/Hiland) put forth a strong effort in her final home game at Walsh. She led the team in scoring with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field.

The Cavs came out shooting well in the first half as they made 50 percent of their shots. Defensively they played strong as well as Notre Dame shot just 25.6 percent. Still, Notre Dame held an eight point advantage at 29-21 with 5:54 remaining in the first half. Walsh then rallied down the stretch with a 16-5 run capped by a pair of Yoder free throws to go into the locker room up 37-34.

In the second half, Notre Dame scored the first six points to regain the lead and never trailed the rest of the way. After the opening run in the second half by the Falcons, the closest Walsh came the rest of the way was four points after a pair of foul shots by Tara Gallupe (So., 6-0, Pittsburgh, PA/Avonworth) with 12:17 to play. Notre Dame led by as many as 17.

A big problem for Walsh came in the turnover department as the Cavs gave the ball away 23 times compared to Notre Dame’s 12. The Falcons took advantage of that with 33 points off turnovers in the game. While the Falcons did miss shots, they were strong off the glass with 21 offensive rebounds which turned into 17 second chance points.

Joining Yoder in double figures was Daniella Ciccarone (So., 5-8, Quakertown, PA/Community Senior) with 13 points. She was perfect from the charity stripe, where most of her points came from, as she drained all nine shots. Mandi Swickard (Sr., 6-1, Alexandria, OH/Northridge) also played in her final home game and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

Walsh will play again on Tuesday at a site and time to be determined.