Preview: Women's Basketball Opens Midwest Regional With Lewis

Preview: Women's Basketball Opens Midwest Regional With Lewis

NORTH CANTON, Ohio – For the first time since 2010-11, the Walsh Cavaliers women's basketball team will be competing in a national tournament. This time, it will be the NCAA Division II National Tournament.

As the seventh seed, Walsh will face the second seeded Lewis Flyers, from the Great Lakes Valley Conference, in the first round of the NCAA D2 Midwest Regional on Friday (March 15) at 3:30 PM Eastern.

GAMEDAY INFO

WALSH NOTES

  • The Cavaliers followed up their regular season co-championship with a Great Midwest Athletic Conference tournament title last week, following through on being the number one seed.
  • Walsh defeated Trevecca Nazarene 64-52 in the quarterfinals, before surviving a late semifinal scare from Hillsdale, 72-70. In the final, the Cavaliers defeated Kentucky Wesleyan 84-68 after locking down the conference's top offense to nine points in the fourth quarter.
  • Overall, the Cavaliers have won 12 straight contests, dating back to January 31st.
  • After joining Division II in the 2012-13 season, Walsh advanced to the big dance for the first time in school history.
  • Quionche Carter, an All-Conference First Team selection, was named Athlete of the Week for the Tournament. She averaged 21 points and six rebounds in each of the three games that Walsh won. In the quarterfinal, Carter scored 15 points before scoring 22 in the semis and 26 in the finals. Carter shot 12-of-15 from the floor against Kentucky Wesleyan, sealing the Cavaliers' dance invitation.
    • For the season, Carter was second in the conference with 16.9 points per game and a shooting percentage of 51.4%.
  • Walsh has won 25 games this season, the most since joining Division II. This season is the winningest season since the 2010-11 season when the team advanced to the NAIA Semifinals.
  • Since joining D2, Walsh is 6-4 in postseason play.

LEWIS NOTES

  • Lewis is 26-4 overall and ranked 20th by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and 21st by D2SIDA.
  • The Flyers fell 66-65 to Bellarmine in the GLVC Semifinals, earning an at-large bid for the NCAA Division II Tournament.
  • Jessica Kelliher leads the Flyers and the GLVC with 24.3 points per game and is the team leader with 9.8 rebounds a contest. Kelliher was the GLVC Player of the Year (three-time winner) and the active leading scorer for the GLVC and Division II.
  • Lewis is fourth in all of Division II with a shooting percentage of 48.7%.

TEAM COMPARISON

  Walsh (G-MAC) Lewis (GLVC)
Category   Rank   Rank
Scoring Offense 77.1 2nd 76.7 2nd
Scoring Defense 62.9 4th 60.5 2nd
Scoring Margin 14.2 2nd 16.1 2nd
Free Throw % 71.7% 8th 72.9% 7th
Field Goal % 45.1% 2nd 48.7% 1st
Field Goal % Defense 37.8% 2nd 37.9% 1st
3 Point % 33.2% 5th 33.3% 5th
3 Point Defense % 31.0% T-2nd 29.3% 2nd
3 Point FG Made 6.7 7th 6.1 7th
Rebounding Offense 42 2nd 39 3rd
Rebounding Defense 33 1st 31.9 1st
Rebounding Margin 9.1 1st 7.2 1st
Blocked Shots 4.1 2nd 4.83 1st
Assists 15.2 1st 16.9 2nd
Steals 7.3 9th 8.17 9th
Turnover Margin -0.32 9th 0.57 7th
Assist/Turnover Ratio 1 T-3rd 1.05 3rd
Offensive Rebounds 13.7 2nd 11.37 10th
Defensive Rebounds 28.3 2nd 27.67 2nd

The winner of the 2 vs. 7 matchup will face the winner of the Grand Valley State (3) vs. Truman (6) on Saturday (March 16) at 6:00 PM.

-WC-