NORTH CANTON, Ohio – The Walsh Cavaliers women's basketball team won their sixth straight game and pulled within half a game of first place with an 84-72 win over Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday (Feb. 16) afternoon at Alumni Arena.
Walsh is now 19-6 overall and 15-4 in the G-MAC.
Walsh opened the game with a 4-2 lead on two layups from Quionche Carter in the first ninety seconds. Kentucky Wesleyan went on a 14-4 run, opening an 16-7 lead with 4:18 left in the first. Carter scored five of the next seven points as Walsh pulled within two in the final minute. The Panthers led 19-14 after the first quarter.
The Cavaliers took the lead when they started the second quarter on a 7-0 run. Kimmie Borck hit a three pointer with 7:44 left in the half, giving the Cavs a 21-19 advantage. After Kentucky Wesleyan tied the game, Borck scored five straight points for a 26-21 Walsh lead. Leading by two, Mayci Sales scored six points on a 12-2 run while Tyler Newkirk and Carter each added a three. The Cavaliers led 38-26 with 1:52 left in the first half. Walsh led 41-30 at halftime.
Walsh pushed the lead to 13 twice in the early going of the third quarter. A 10-4 Panthers run closed the gap to seven points with 3:51 left. Borck hit back-to-back threes as the lead nearly doubled with Walsh leading 55-42 with less than three minutes left. Kentucky Wesleyan ended the quarter with a 10-2 rally, pulling within five at the end of the quarter, 57-52.
Jill Blacksten and Sales started the Cavaliers 14-6 run over the first five minutes with layups. Borck made a three-point play and Jamie Halloran added a three as Walsh lead 71-58 with five minutes to go. Kentucky Wesleyan pulled within ten twice but the Cavaliers closed out the 84-72 victory with five points in the final minute.
Carter led the way with 21 points and 12 rebounds along with five steals. Sales scored 20 points on nine-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds. Borck had four threes, ending with 18 points off the bench. Brittni Clopton and Blacksten were huge on the rebounding front with seven and eight rebounds, respectively.
Walsh shot 49% (31-63) overall and finished with 49 rebounds.
The Cavaliers will travel to Malone next Saturday (Feb. 23) for the Mayor's Cup battle.