2.27.13 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: March Madness Starts Early as Walsh Upsets Wayne State

Women's Basketball, 2013-02-27

Walsh potentially played the role of spoiler with an upset defeat of Wayne State by a score of 61-60 in GLIAC action. The Cavaliers (8-17, 5-16) broke a four-game losing streak with the victory. The Warriors (18-7, 16-5) were receiving votes nationally and are ranked No. 4 in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region. Wayne State also came in as the GLIAC North Division’s No. 1 team.

It was arguably the Cavs’ finest game of the season. Walsh never trailed by more than two points and led by as many as 15 points. In the first half, the Cavaliers led by as many as 14 before going into the locker room with a 36-28 advantage.

The Cavs’ largest lead came after Maggie Berry (Jr., 6-0, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph Academy) scored on a jumper that capped off an 11-2 run to make it 47-32 with 16:37 left in the game. Wayne State retaliated with an 11-0 run to cut its deficit to 47-43 over the next six minutes.

From there, it was back-and-forth basketball. The Warriors eventually took the lead after a pair of free throws made it 54-52 with just over four minutes left in regulation. After the Walsh and Wayne equally split the next four points, Tracy Payne (Sr., 5-5, Danville, OH/HS/Notre Dame College) buried a deep 3-pointer to regain the lead for the Cavs at 57-56 with 2:23 to play. Walsh never trailed the rest of the way. In the final minute, Wayne State still had a few fouls to give before the Cavaliers were sent to the foul line. When there, 14 seconds were remaining and Payne was able to hit two of her last three.

Despite being out-rebounded 49-35, Walsh committed just 12 turnovers, three total in the second half, against 18 for Wayne State.

Payne finished with 16 points on the night to pace Walsh. Lydia Corle played a fine game as she finished with 14 points after she made 6-of-7 from the field. Berry finished with 13 points and added four assists, four steals, and two blocks.

The Warriors’ Talisha Bridges recorded 22 points and 15 rebounds, both game highs.

Walsh returns to action for the final game of the season against Malone this Saturday at 3 p.m. It will be the 18thAnnual Mayor’s Cup. The Cavaliers can retire the cup for a second consecutive time with a win. The game will broadcast on Teamline.