Preview: High Stakes for Women's Basketball Senior Day

Preview: High Stakes for Women's Basketball Senior Day

NORTH CANTON, Ohio – After dispatching the Storm of Lake Erie on Thursday (Feb. 28) night, the Walsh Cavaliers women's basketball team will conclude the 2019 regular season with a 1:00 PM tip-off against the Ursuline College Arrows on Saturday (March 2).

Saturday's game will be Senior Day as the five seniors on the Cavaliers will be recognized. The five seniors are Jill Blacksten, Brittni Clopton, Shelby Henkel, Christine Orr and Emily Westphal.

GAMEDAY INFO

The Cavaliers and the Arrows have met 19 times on the hardwood, dating back to 1979. Walsh has controlled the series, winning 17 of 19 games. The Cavs have won the last two, including a 72-56 win at Ursuline in January. Quionche Carter had 16 points in the first meeting of the season.

WALSH NOTES

  • The Cavaliers avenged a previous loss to the Lake Erie Storm with an 84-47 win on Thursday (Feb. 28). Walsh held Lake Erie under 15 points in each quarter, leading by as many as 38 in the contest.
  • With the win, Walsh have won eight straight games. Walsh carried a nine game winning streak at the end of the regular season last year, extending it into the G-MAC Tournament.
  • Walsh enters the final day of the regular season in a three-way tie for first with Kentucky Wesleyan and Cedarville. With a win, Walsh clinches a share of the G-MAC title and the number one seed for the tournament. All three teams are 17-4 in the conference.
  • Shelby Henkel scored 15 points, including nine free throws to lead the Cavs over Lake Erie. 12 of her 15 points came in the second half. For the season, Henkel averages 5.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
  • Quionche Carter added 13 points as 11 different players scored points on Thursday. Carter is concluding a freshman campaign where she is second in the conference with 16.5 points per game. She is tied for the highest average by a freshman in Division II. Carter is making over 50% of her shots, which is second in the conference. She is ninth in the G-MAC with a 76.4% free throw percentage. Sha leads the team in the following categories: field goals (155), field goals attempted (305), free throws (113), free throws attempted (148), rebounds (156), assists (55) and steals (41).
  • Tyler Newkirk, Kimmie Borck and Jill Blacksten each scored nine points.
  • Brittni Clopton cleaned the glass as she grabbed 14 rebounds, a season-high against the Storm. For the season, Clopton has 121 rebounds and she has a total of 724 rebounds in her career, seventh all-time.
  • The team has held opponents to under 50 points five times this sea­son and four times on their current winning streak. Defensively, the Cavaliers are allowing 62.6 points per game, a 37.5% shooting percentage and 29.8% from beyond the arc.
  • On offense, the team averages 77.3 points per game, second most in the conference.

URSULINE NOTES

  • Ursuline is 8-19 overall and 7-14 in the G-MAC. The Arrows are in the midst of a six-game losing streak after a 60-59 loss at Malone on Thursday.
  • Ursuline is 2-10 away from campus as they haven't won a road game since January 26th at Lake Erie.
  • Julia Cardwell leads the Arrows with 14.8 points per game, the third most in the conference. Cardwell also is eight in the conference with 6.2 rebounds a contest. She shoots 44.3% from the floor (sixth best) and 80.6% from the free throw line (eighth in the G-MAC).
  • Paige Salisbury leads the Arrows with 7.1 rebounds per game while she averages 8.2 points. She ranks fifth in rebounds per game, fourth with 4.0 assists per game and third with a 1.8 assist/turnover ratio.
  • Emily Poling has the most threes on the Arrows as she has made 46 three pointers this season.
  • Overall, Ursuline scores 69.3 points per game but allows 73.6 points per contest.

TEAM COMPARISON

  Walsh Ursuline
Category   Rank   Rank
Scoring Offense 77.3 2nd 69.3 7th
Scoring Defense 62.6 4th 73.6 12th
Scoring Margin 14.7 1st -4.3 10th
Free Throw % 71.4% 8th 72.1% 6th
Field Goal % 45.3% 2nd 39.7% 9th
Field Goal % Defense 37.5% 1st 40.5% 7th
3 Point % 33.3% 5th 34.6% 4th
3 Point Defense % 29.9% 1st 34.2% 6th
3 Point FG Made 6.9 7th 7.3 6th
Rebounding Offense 42.4 2nd 37 6th
Rebounding Defense 32.3 1st 40 13th
Rebounding Margin 10.1 1st -3.0 11th
Blocked Shots 4 2nd 3.7 3rd
Assists 15.3 1st 14.1 5th
Steals 7.2 T-9th 7 11th
Turnover Margin -0.93 9th 0 8th
Assist/Turnover Ratio 1 T-3rd 1 T-3rd
Offensive Rebounds 13.7 2nd 10.3 11th
Defensive Rebounds 28.7 2nd 26.7 6th

 

AROUND THE LEAGUE

  • Ursuline @ Walsh
  • Lake Erie @ Malone
  • Kentucky Wesleyan @ Hillsdale
  • Trevecca Nazarene @ Findlay
  • Ohio Dominican @ Ohio Valley
  • Tiffin @ Davis & Elkins
  • Cedarville @ Alderson Broaddus

Walsh will host a Great Midwest Quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday (March 5) at 5:30 PM as either the one or two seed. The opponent will be determined following Saturday's action.

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