NORTH CANTON, Ohio - The Walsh Cavaliers women's basketball team took their winning streak to eight games and moved a step closer to first place in the G-MAC with an 84-47 win over the Lake Erie College Storm on Thursday (Feb. 28) night at Alumni Arena.
With the win, Walsh and Kentucky Wesleyan are now tied for first place in the G-MAC. Cedarville could join the tie with a win over Davis & Elkins in the late game.
Quionche Carter scored four of the first six points and Tyler Newkirk added a layup as Walsh opened the game on a 6-0 run. Lake Erie closed the gap to one before the Cavaliers responded with five straight points on a Carter layup and Kimmie Borck three ball. The Storm cut the lead to five twice but Walsh ended the first quarter with a 20-13 advantage.
Walsh jumped out to a 14-point lead, 27-13 with a 7-0 run at the start of the second quarter. Carter added three points while Mayci Sales and Jamie Halloran each had a layup. The teams exchanged points as Lake Erie trailed 28-16 with 5:25 left in the second quarter. Shelby Henkel and Brittni Clopton each scored three points on a Walsh 6-0 run. The Cavaliers led 34-16 with 4:16 left before halftime. Walsh led by as many as 21 before taking a 43-27 lead into halftime.
The Storm cut the lead to 14 twice over the first four minutes. After the Storm made it 49-35, Megan Ball and Jill Blacksten had layups that expanded the advantage to 53-35. Lake Erie converted a pair of free throws, leading to an 18-2 Walsh run over a seven-minute span. The Cavaliers ended the third quarter on a 13-2 rally, leading 66-39. Henkel scored six points on the run while Newkirk and Blacksten each hit a three pointer.
The run continued over the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. Clopton scored four points and Henkel added a free throw as the lead stood at 71-39 with 7:18 left. After a Lake Erie bucket, Blacksten and Henkel shared a 4-0 spurt with two points each. The Storm closed the lead to 29 with two minutes to play. The Cavaliers ended the game with a 9-1 run. Payton Pooler nailed two threes and Henkel had a three-point play. Walsh led for 38:43 in an 84-47 victory.
Henkel led the way with 15 points on three field goals and nine free throws along with six rebounds. Carter finished with 13 points for the contest. Newkirk, Borck and Blacksten each had nine points for the Cavaliers. Clopton cleared the boards with a game-high 14 rebounds to go with her eight points.
Walsh will close the regular season with a home game against Ursuline on Saturday (March 2) at 1:00 PM. The Cavaliers will honor the seniors prior to tip-off.