(CEDARVILLE, Ohio) – No. 2 Walsh won its G-MAC Tournament debut with a 75-67 victory over No. 7 Kentucky Wesleyan at the Callan Athletic Center Thursday afternoon. The win gives the Cavaliers (21-8) a spot in the semifinals against No. 3 Findlay.
The Cavs trailed by one after the first quarter, but came out in the second and outscored the Panthers (15-12) 21-12 to take control of the game. After Kentucky Wesleyan took a 29-26 lead, the Maroon and Gold closed the quarter on a 13-4 run that ended with a pair of 3-pointers by Jamie Halloran.
Walsh extended its lead steadily through the second half and were up by as many as 16 at 65-49 with 3:11 before the Panthers made a final push. The Panthers cut the deficit to five after a Jenna Martin layup made the score 67-62 with 1:15 left, but the Cavs didn't let them get any closer as Walsh was sent to the free throw line 10 times the rest of the way and converted on eight of those attempts.
Martin proved tough to contain as she scored a game-high 32 points on 12-of-19 from the field with five 3-pointers, but Walsh countered with its potent balanced offense that saw four players score in double-figures.
Holly Grober took team-high honors for the Cavaliers with 14 points on 6-of-10 from the field. She was a force underneath the basket with five rebounds, three on the offensive end, and blocked four Panther shots.
Halloran added another pair of 3-pointers in the second half to finish with 12 off the bench. Alex Hochstedler and Jill Blacksten each dropped in 10 points. Halloran and Blacksten were a big reason that Walsh's bench outscored the Panthers 37-10.
It's the third time the Cavaliers have beat the Panthers in eight weeks.