NORTH CANTON, Ohio – The number one seeded Walsh Cavaliers women's basketball team assured that the road to the Great Midwest Championship game runs through Alumni Arena after a 64-52 win over the Trevecca Nazarene Trojans on Tuesday (March 5).
The Cavaliers jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never trailed in the contest as they punched their ticket to the G-MAC Semifinals against Hillsdale on Friday.
Walsh led 4-0 before Trevecca closed the gap to two four minutes into the game. Quionche Carter, Megan Ball and Jill Blacksten combined on a 6-0 run that opened a 12-4 lead with 2:49 to go in the quarter. The Trojans narrowed the lead to three but Ball ended the quarter with a layup. Walsh led 14-9 after one quarter.
Trevecca tied the game at 16 with a 7-2 run at the outset of the second quarter. Shelby Henkel had a layup and Lexie Scarton made a three pointer as the lead became five again. After a Trevecca three ball, Walsh closed the second quarter on an 11-0 run where four different players scored. Jamie Halloran scored five points on the rally as the Cavaliers led 32-19 at halftime.
Carter scored five straight points in a minute span, increasing the lead to 39-22 with six minutes to go in the third quarter. The teams went back-and-forth with baskets as the Trojans tried to trim the lead down. The closest they got in the quarter was ten before the Cavaliers led 47-36 after three quarters.
Walsh led by as many as 16 in the fourth quarter, including twice in the first three minutes. Trevecca cut the deficit to 59-47 with 2:24 left. Walsh got a three pointer from Tyler Newkirk and a steal and score from Carter to put the game away. Walsh won their tenth straight game, a 64-52 win over the Trojans.
The Cavaliers will host the final four beginning on Friday (March 8) with Walsh taking on Hillsdale at 5:30 PM.