(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – In its first season in the G-MAC, Walsh clinched a berth in the conference tournament with an 81-65 victory over Trevecca on Thursday evening. The Cavaliers (15-8, 12-5) have now clinched a spot in the postseason for the fourth consecutive season. The win against the Trojans (8-16, 6-12) was also the Cavaliers' third-straight win against an opponent they lost to earlier in the season.
Both teams battled back-and-forth for the first half before the Cavaliers started to jump ahead early in the third quarter. Walsh eventually took its largest lead of the game midway through that period after Kimmie Borck sank one of her career-high four 3-pointers to make the score 48-32.
No matter what the Trojans did, Walsh had an answer. The Cavaliers converted on 58.8 percent of their shots, their highest mark since joining the NCAA. The Maroon and Gold was also impressive from three with 11 made on 22 attempts.
The Cavs dominated inside with a 36-19 edge on the glass and outscored Trevecca 36-18 in the paints.
Mayci Sales finished the game with 15 points on 6-of-9 from the field and pulled down eight rebounds. She added three blocks and two steals to her line on the defensive end as well.
Alex Hochstedler followed with 14 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. Borck finished with 12 points, all of which came on 3-pointers. Hannah Black had an almost perfect game off the bench with 12 points on 4-of-5 from the field with a pair of triples and was 2-for-2 at the free throw line.
The Cavs did have some troubles with Callie Hackett who was two points shy of tying Trevecca's school record with 33 points.
With five games remaining in the regular season, the Cavaliers still have a chance at the conference championship as they are two games behind first place Ursuline. Only two playoff spots are now up for grabs and Kentucky Wesleyan is at the top of the standings of those teams still alive. That's who the Cavs will play on Saturday with a 3 p.m. tipoff from Alumni Arena.