2.7.12 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Win Defensive Struggle Against No. 23 Point Park

Women's Basketball, 2012-02-07

Walsh won a defensive battle against NAIA No. 23 Point Park by a score of 48-46 Tuesday evening at the Cecchini Center’s Alumni Arena. The Cavs (13-12, 9-3) have won four of their last five contests, and ended the Pioneers’ (18-5, 9-1) 13-game win streak. It was Point Park’s first loss since a defeat to Rio Grande on December 3.

Point Park came into the game as the NAIA Division II’s second-best defensive team allowing just 52 points per game. However, it was the Cavaliers’ defense that gave the Pioneers fits. Walsh allowed Point Park to shoot 27.1 percent from field. The Pioneers shot only 24.2 percent in the second half.

The game was close throughout as Walsh’s largest lead was 10 points with 4:52 to go in the first half. Point Park’s largest lead was two points and that came at a pivotal time in the game. The Pioneers made consecutive free throws to go up 43-41 with 3:03 remaining in the game, but the Cavs answered with a pair of free throws by Tracy Payne (Jr., 5-5, Danville, OH/HS/Notre Dame College) to tie and a jumper by Emily Taylor (Fr., 5-6, Elyria, OH/Elyria Catholic) to take the lead for good at 45-43. Walsh held on for the last 2:29 to give Point Park its first conference loss of the year.

A total of 10 players scored for the Cavaliers in the game. Kristi Yoder (Sr., 6-1, Millersburg, OH/Hiland) led the team with 10 points on 4-7 shooting from the field. Both she and Megan Hogg (Fr., 6-0, Waukee, IA/HS/NW Missouri State) pulled down nine rebounds each.

The Cavs return to action this Thursday when they travel to Notre Dame College in a non-conference affair. It will be the first of three-straight games on the road. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.