NORTH CANTON, Ohio – The Walsh Cavaliers women's basketball team clinched a spot in the 2019 Great Midwest tournament with a 75-55 win over Trevecca Nazarene on Thursday (Feb. 14) night.
The fifth straight win for the Cavaliers improved their overall record to 18-6 overall and 14-4 in the conference.
Walsh opened the game with a 4-0 lead three minutes in but Trevecca rallied back to outscore the Cavaliers 11-4 over the final six minutes. The Trojans led 11-8 after one quarter.
Quionche Carter had four points as Walsh opened the second quarter on a 7-0 run. After a Trojans bucket, Walsh went on a 13-3 run as they took a 28-14 lead with 3:04 left in the half. Five different players combined for the points with Jill Blacksten scoring four. Trevecca closed the half on a 7-1 run as they trailed 29-21 at halftime.
Mayci Sales scored four of the first eight points of the second half as Walsh opened the third with a 8-2 run, leading to a Walsh timeout three minutes in. Trevecca came out of the timeout with seven straight points as they pulled within seven points with 5:14 left. Kimmie Borck hit two big threes on a Walsh 8-0 streak. One minute later, Walsh led 45-30. The Trojans cut the lead to seven once more but Walsh ended the third quarter with a 52-42 lead.
Walsh called a timeout after Trevecca started the fourth with a 6-2 run, one minute in. The Cavaliers went on a 13-3 run that put the game out of reach in the final quarter. Borck added two more threes as she scored seven points during the rally. Sales added four points to it. After four Trevecca points, Walsh closed the game out with eight straight points. The Cavaliers are tourney bound with a 75-55 win.
Carter led the way with 19 points on seven-of-15 shooting. Borck made four three pointers and four free throws for 16 points. Sales scored 12 points on 50% shooting. Jamie Halloran and Brittni Clopton each grabbed eight rebounds.
The Cavaliers will look to close the gap to first place with a battle of the top two teams in the G-MAC on Saturday (Feb. 16). Walsh hosts Kentucky Wesleyan, who leads the conference by 1.5 games, at 1:00 PM.