2.3.14 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Round-up Pioneers

Women's Basketball, 2014-02-03

(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – The game between Walsh and Malone was a classic example of why rivals throw out the records when they meet in competition. When all was said and done Monday evening, it was the Cavaliers (7-13, 3-11) on the winning end of an 82-75 decision over the South Division-leading Pioneers (14-7, 9-6).

Malone controlled the tempo of the game and crashed the boards for the first 10 minutes of the game, but Walsh made its move midway through the first half and never looked back via a 10-2 run. The surge in momentum gave the Cavs a 25-21 lead with 6:14 to go in the first half and was capped on a jumper by Rachael Trujillo (So., 5-8, Cleveland, OH/Westlake). Walsh initially took the lead on a 3-pointer by Maggie Berry (Sr., 6-0, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph Academy) that made the score 23-21. Berry eventually hit another one shortly after that made the score 28-23.

Malone eventually tied the game at 28-all with a trey by Lauren Myers with 4:58, but the Cavs’ defense stepped up the rest of the half and went into the locker room on a 13-3 run with Kelsey Funderburgh (So., 5-7, North Lewisburg, OH/Triad/Morehead State) adding a 3-pointer with five seconds left.

The run carried into the second half as Funderburgh connected on another bonus bomb to give Walsh a 45-31 lead just 78 seconds after play resumed. It was a pivotal part of the game as the Cavs outscored the Pioneers 22-8 over the first 8:23 in the second half. The result was a 24-point lead, the Cavs’ largest of the night, after Tara Gallupe (Sr., 6-0, Pittsburgh, PA/Avonworth) scored on a jumper.

Malone refused to give up, however, and made a steady comeback attempt. Over the remainder of regulation, the Pioneers were able to trim their deficit bit by bit and eventually came within two possessions after Sydnee Penn made a 3-pointer to make the score 75-69 with 52 seconds remaining.

Now forced to foul, Malone sent the Cavs to the charity stripe four times. The Cavs remained calm and sunk 7-of-8 down the stretch to put the game away.

After a record performance on Saturday, Funderburgh again led Walsh with a game-high 21 points. Jalynn Graham (Fr., 5-5, Columbus, OH/Central Crossing) wasn’t too far behind with 19 points.

Despite a large second-half lead, Walsh was out-rebounded by the Pioneers 44-31. The Cavs made up for it with a strong second half in the field where they  were 11-of-20 for 55 percent. Malone turnovers also helped the Cavs as 18 Pioneer giveaways led to 31 points for the Maroon and gold.

Walsh returns to the hardwood for its third consecutive home game on Thursday. This time the Cavs will entertain defending national champion Ashland. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.