2.9.13 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Avoid Lake Erie Comeback with 57-52 Win

Women's Basketball, 2013-02-09

(Painesville, Ohio) – Walsh ended a four-game losing streak and defeated Lake Erie by a 57-52 count on the road in GLIAC action Saturday evening. The Cavaliers improve to 7-13 overall and 4-12 in conference play. The Storm falls to 3-17 overall and 1-16 in the GLIAC.

After both team had a little trouble at the beginning of the game, the Cavaliers offense made seven consecutive shots during a 16-4 run to take a double-digit lead at 18-7 with 11:33 left in the first half. Five minutes later, the Cavs took their largest lead of the game after a Sarah Stephenson (Fr., 6-0, New Philadelphia, OH/HS) jumper made it 28-13.

At halftime, Walsh led 33-21.

The second half told a different story as the Storm rallied back. Lake Erie started out with an 11-2 run to make it 35-33. A Stephenson 3-pointer cushioned the Cavs’ lead a little, but the Storm came back with seven consecutive points to take its first lead since the opening basket of the game at 39-38 with 12:44 left in the game. Both squads exchanged leads once again over the next six minutes before Walsh took the lead for good after a pair of Whitney Dabbelt (So., 6-0, West Carrollton, OH/Archbishop Alter) free throws made it 45-44 with 5:59 remaining.

When Lake Erie was forced to foul in the last 35 seconds of the game, Walsh made six of its final eight foul shots to put the game away.

Tara Gallupe (Jr., 6-0, Pittsburgh, PA/Avonworth) led the Cavs offensively with 11 points coming off the bench. Stephenson also scored in double-figures with 10 points coming off the bench. Between them, they outscored Lake Erie’s entire bench by seven points.

Another important difference in the game came on the glass as Walsh out-rebounded the Storm 43-23 overall. The Cavs held a 31-19 edge on defensive rebounds and a 12-4 difference on offensive caroms. Dabbelt pulled down a game-high 11 and was two points shy of a double-double.

Walsh returns to Alumni Arena this Thursday for its first home game in five games. The Cavaliers will welcome Ohio Dominican with a start time set for 8 p.m.