2.28.12 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Fall at Urbana in OIC Tournament

Women's Basketball, 2012-02-28

Walsh’s season came to a close tonight with a loss 68-60 loss at Urbana in the first round of the Ohio Independent Championships Tuesday evening. The Cavaliers (14-17), who were a No. 6 seed in the one-year tournament, now sets their aim on the GLIAC of which they will be members of next year. The Blue Knights (13-14) move on to play Notre Dame College in the OIC semi-finals at Cedarville on Friday.

Early on it appeared as thought Urbana would run away after holding a 10-3 lead seven minutes into the game, but the Cavs climbed back and made it a one-point game at 15-14 on a pair of free throws by Daniella Ciccarone (So., 5-8, Quakertown, PA/Community Senior). The Blue Knights answered with an 11-2 run to take their largest lead of the game. Walsh simply would not give up and went on its own 11-2 run over the last 3:53 capped off by a buzzer-beating jumper by Tara Gallupe (So., 6-0, Pittsburgh, PA/Avonworth) to close the half.

Urbana boosted its lead to nine on a few more occasions in the second half, but every Walsh was able to hang in the game throughout. The closest the Cavaliers came the rest of the way followed a basketb by Kristi Yoder (Sr., 6-1, Millersburg, OH/Hiland) that brought them within two at 58-56 with 2:30 left in the game. After a traditional three-point play by the Knights, Walsh came within three after free throws by Ciccarone and Yoder in the next minute. That was the closest the Cavs came to Urbana, which hit its next to shots to go back up by eight.

Tracy Payne (Jr., 5-5, Danville, OH/HS/Notre Dame College) paced the Cavaliers with 13 points. Ciccarone was the only other double-figure scorer for Walsh with 10 points. Yoder finished with nine points and six rebounds in her last game as a Cavalier. Whitney Dabbelt (Fr., 6-1, West Carrollton, OH/Arch Bishop Alter) pulled down seven boards. Mandi Swickard (Sr., 6-1, Alexandria, OH/Northridge) also had six rebounds in her final game for Walsh.

The Ohio Independent Championships are made up of seven colleges that are current NCAA Division II members or are in the membership process. Urbana and Central State are already full members. Walsh, Cedarville, Malone, Notre Dame, and Ursuline are in the membership process. Walsh and Malone will be full members of the GLIAC next season with Notre Dame being an associate member. The remaining schools will be founding members of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.