(OWENSBORO, Ky.)- The Walsh University women's basketball team fell on the road tonight (Dec. 13) against the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers 82-81 on a last second shot.
The Cavaliers' five game winning streak was snapped on a three pointer with nine seconds to go by Kentucky Wesleyan's Keelie Lamb.
The teams went back and forth in the first three minutes before Kentucky Wesleyan scored five straight points, taking an 8-4 lead. Over the next four minutes, Walsh answered with a 13-0 run, paced by Jill Blacksten's seven points. The Cavaliers took a 17-8 lead with 3:46 in the first quarter. The Panthers pulled within seven points but Walsh led 21-13 after the first quarter.
Walsh pushed the advantage to 27-15 early in the second quarter on free throws from Mayci Sayles and layups from Quionche Carter and Lexie Scarton. Over the final 7:40 of the second quarter, the Panthers used a 21-7 run for a 36-34 lead at halftime.
The Cavaliers responded from the halftime break with an 11-2 rally, taking a 45-38 with six minutes to go in the third. Carter scored five points and Blacksten added four on the run. The Panthers cut the lead to four before Walsh ended the quarter with a 17-8 run. Tyler Newkirk, Jamie Halloran and Scarton combined for four three pointers and Blacksten scored five points during the run. The Cavaliers led 62-49 after three quarters.
Kentucky Wesleyan opened the fourth quarter with seven straight points as the lead was trimmed to six with 8:25 to go. A Scarton three pointer gave the Cavaliers a 71-60 advantage with 6:28 remaining. A 12-2 run by the Panthers put the Cavaliers up 73-72 with 2:55 left. Newkirk pushed the lead to three before Kentucky Wesleyan tied the game at 75 with 1:28 left. The teams went basket for basket as the game was tied 79 all with 42 seconds left.
After two pairs of split free throws by Walsh, the Cavaliers led 81-79 with 21 seconds left. Lamb made the three point basket with nine seconds left and the Cavaliers could not get a final shot off. Walsh fell to 7-3 overall and 4-1 in the conference in the 82-81 defeat.
Carter led the Cavaliers with 21 points on nine field goals. Halloran added 16 points and Blacksten scored 13 points off the bench. Scarton nailed three treys en route to 12 points. Sayles scored ten points and led the team with seven rebounds.
Kaylee Clifford led the Panthers with 20 points and six rebounds.
The Cavaliers will face Trevecca Nazarene on Saturday (Dec. 15) at 3:00 PM.