(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – The home opener for the Walsh women's basketball team was spoiled by Fairmont State by a score of 77-73 in non-conference action on Wednesday evening. The Cavaliers dropped to 1-2 on the season, while the Falcons remained unbeaten at 3-0.
The night actually started well for the Cavs as they held a 25-14 advantage at the end of the first quarter, but the visitors flipped the script in the second quarter to take a two-point lead into halftime.
A balanced attack helped Walsh take the big lead as eight different players scored. Walsh went 10-of-16 in the opening frame which included 4-of-5 from behind the arc.
However, Fairmont State rallied to take the lead with the first 12 points of the second quarter. The Falcons saw their biggest lead come in the third quarter when they went up 51-41 after a pair of free throws, but refused to give up.
After a timeout the Maroon and Gold went on a 10-0 run to tie the game largely aided by a pair of triples from Allison Butler and Emily Westphal. Despite having momentum, Walsh couldn't get over the hump.
Westphal led the Cavaliers with one of her best games in her career with 16 points on 5-of-7 from the field. She also led the Cavs behind the arc with 3-of-4 3-pointers. Alex Hochstedler and Butler both added 12 each.
The Falcons were paced by a pair of 20-point scorers in Brooke Kurucz and Sierra Kotchman.
The Cavs are off until Monday when they face a familiar foe in Ashland. Tip-off with the Eagles is set for 5:30 p.m.