2.8.14 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Weather Storm for 89-73 Win

Women's Basketball, 2014-02-08

(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Walsh found itself back in the winner’s column with an 89-73 victory over visiting Lake Erie in Alumni Arena Saturday afternoon. It is the second win of the week for the Cavaliers (8-14, 4-12), who also defeated then-division leading Malone on Monday. The Storm (9-14, 4-13) have now lost three consecutive games.

The Cavs overcame a struggling start of the game as the Storm jumped out to a 13-5 lead largely in part to nine Walsh turnovers in the first five minutes. The Storm’s lead hovered around that mark until Walsh made a strong run to close out the last seven minutes of the first half.

With Lake Erie holding a 32-24 advantage, the Cavaliers went on an 18-4 run to take their first lead of the game. A jumper by Rachael Trujillo (So., 5-8, Cleveland, OH/Westlake) brought Walsh within one at 36-35. Maggie Berry (Sr., 6-0, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph Academy) then hit a 3-pointer to give the Cavs the lead at 38-36 after a pair of missed 3-pointers by Lake Erie. Berry eventually buried another shot outside the arc to give Walsh a 42-38 lead with 2:18 left in the first half.

Walsh controlled the start of the second half and went up by 13 after an Audrey Badovick (Jr., 5-5, Norwalk, OH/St. Paul) layup, but Lake Erie refused to go away and battled back to get within five when Chrissy Delaney scored on a jumper to make the score 65-60 with 10:35 to go in the game. It was the closest the Storm could get as Berry and Tara Gallupe (Sr., 6-0, Pittsburgh, PA/Avonworth) scored the Cavs’ next four points via free throws to push the lead back up to three possessions.

Speaking of free throws, Gallupe was nearly flawless as she was 14-of-16 from the charity stripe en route to her game-high 22 points. She was one of four double-figure scorers for Walsh as Kelsey Funderburgh (So., 5-7, North Lewisburg, OH/Triad/Morehead State) scored 17, Jalynn Graham (Fr., 5-5, Columbus, OH/Central Crossing) added 15, and Badovick tallied 10.

Chrissy Delaney came off the bench to lead the Storm with 18 points.

The Cavs were also a force on the glass as they out-rebounded the Storm by a staggering 48-22. Walsh had as many offensive rebounds as Lake Erie did total which showed on the scoreboard as the Cavs held a 32-10 advantage in second chance point.

Walsh is now off until it travels to Columbus to take on Ohio Dominican this Thursday. Tip-off of the GLIAC game is set for 5:30 p.m.