(PEPPER PIKE, Ohio) – Walsh solidified itself as one of the top seeds in next week's G-MAC Tournament with an impressive 84-68 victory over Ursuline in the regular season finale on Saturday. The Cavaliers (20-8, 16-6) will be the No. 2 seed, while the Arrows (19-9, 16-6) will take the No. 4 seed behind Findlay.
The Cavaliers had an opportunity to win the No. 1 seed and be co-G-MAC champions, but Cedarville's win against Alderson Broaddus gave the Yellow Jackets the championship outright and will host the tournament next week.
Both teams battled for the first half with Ursuline taking a 45-43 into the break, but the Cavs used another strong second half attack to take control of the game. Alex Hochstedler opened the half with the first five points on a layup and conventional three-point play after being fouled on a jumper to give Walsh the lead.
Ursuline answered with a 3-pointer by Camryn Hill, but Hochstedler's big quarter continued with a layup, defensive rebound on the Arrows ensuing possession, and a 3-pointer that put the Cavs up five and forced a timeout by the hosts. Hochstedler closed the quarter with a layup just before the buzzer to give Walsh a 60-55 lead heading into the final 10 minutes.
The fourth quarter started in a similar fashion as the Cavs held the momentum with the first three baskets. It gave them a commanding 66-55 lead, one they didn't relinquish the rest of the way.
Hochstedler finished with a game-high 30 points on 10-of-14 from the field and 4-of-6 from behind the arc. She scored 19 of those in the second half and 12 in the pivotal third quarter alone.
Mayci Sales added 16 points on 7-of-12 and added a triple of her own. Jill Blacksten also shot .500 to add 11 points off the bench. Kimmie Borck completed a quartet of double-figure scorers with 10 points thanks to three 3-pointers.
It's the fourth time Walsh has avenged a loss that took place earlier this season.
The Cavaliers now move on to the G-MAC Tournament where they will take on No. 7 seed Kentucky Wesleyan. Walsh took both games from the Panthers by scores of 69-59 and 84-53 this season. Tip-off is set for noon at Cedarville.