(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – The magic number is now one for the Walsh women's basketball team as it defeated Findlay by a score of 77-73. With the win, the Cavaliers are now 14-8 overall, 11-5 in the conference, and need just one more win to clinch a berth in the 2018 G-MAC tournament.
The Oilers, who were first in the conference entering today, are now 16-5 overall and 13-4 in the G-MAC, already have a postseason bid locked up.
It wasn't easy for the Cavs by any stretch who were down a majority of the contest. After an Elissa Ellerbrock jumper put the visitors up 44-33 with 7:41 left in the third, Head Coach Kate Bruce called a timeout and changed things around.
The result was an 18-6 run that gave Walsh the lead after a pair of layups by Dominique Foley with just over three minutes left in the frame. Findlay came back and closed the quarter with a 58-53 lead, but momentum was back on the side of the Cavaliers.
In the fourth, both teams scratched and clawed their way to numerous lead changes and ties. The big momentum shift came when Kimmie Borck drilled a 3-pointer with a minute left to put the Cavs up 71-69. They never trailed again.
Mayci Sales had an impressive game with a game-high 20 points to match a career-high. She was a rebound shy of a double-double and continued to be a force under the net with three blocks. Alex Hochstedler followed with 13 points. Foley and Jill Blacksten followed with 11 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench.
Haley Horstman led the Oilers with 19 points. Anna Hintz followed with 18.
The Cavs will now attempt to avenge another earlier-season loss for the third consecutive time this Thursday when they host Trevecca. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.