PEPPER PIKE, Ohio – The Walsh Cavaliers women's basketball team flipped a switch in the second half as they turned a 35-31 halftime deficit into a 72-56 victory against the Ursuline College Arrows on Thursday (Jan. 17) night.
The Cavaliers used runs of 10-0, 7-0 and 9-0, all within the second half to come back and win the team's fifth straight contest.
The Arrows took a 2-0 lead before Lexie Scarton responded with a three pointer. The teams exchanged baskets, tying the game at five three minutes in. The Arrows pushed the lead to 12-7, when Walsh made a 5-0 run to tie the game. Jill Blacksten made a pair of free throws, and Jamie Halloran added a layup as the Cavaliers tied it at 12 with 4:13 to go in the first quarter. Brittni Clopton gave the Cavaliers an 18-16 lead with two free throws with 1:58 left. The Arrows ended the quarter on a 5-0 run, leading 21-18.
Ursuline pushed the lead to six twice, but the Cavaliers answered both times and pulled within four points. After the Arrows made a three pointer, Scarton scored four straight points as Walsh clawed back to a three-point deficit. Trailing 31-26, Shelby Henkel added three straight points with Walsh trailing by two with 2:38 to go in the first half. The Cavaliers trailed 34-31 at the intermission.
The Arrows started the second half with a basket but Mayci Sales scored four straight points as the Cavaliers kept the Arrows within one possession. The Arrows led 41-37 with 7:18 left in the third quarter when Walsh went on a 10-0 run over the next four minutes. Blacksten converted a pair of free throws and then tied the game on a driving layup. On the next possession, Kimmie Borck stole the ball and finished on the other half with a layup as Walsh led 43-41. The run wasn't done yet as Blacksten put-back her own miss and then Scarton followed with a layup. The Cavaliers led 47-41 and ended the third quarter with a 49-44 advantage after a Quionche Carter layup.
Walsh began the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run over the first three and a half minutes. Carter scored four points and Borck added a three pointer from the top of the key, forcing an Arrows timeout, up 56-44. After an Arrows three ball, Walsh continued to shoot well from downtown as Blacksten, Carter and Borck all nailed deep three pointers on a 9-0 spurt. The Cavaliers led 65-47 with four minutes to go and completed the comeback win as 72-56 winners.
Carter scored seven points in the fourth quarter to end up with a team-high 16 points and eight rebounds. Scarton scored 11 points and Blacksten added 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Borck gave the Cavaliers ten points off the bench, all in the second half. Clopton had a team-high ten rebounds in the game, a season-high.
The Cavaliers shot 9-of-17 (53%) in the fourth quarter, including five-of-nine from deep. Overall, Walsh grabbed 51 rebounds with 18 offensive boards. They outscored Ursuline 41-21 in the second half.
Walsh will make the trip north to Painesville, Ohio for a G-MAC matchup with the Storm, starting at 11:00 AM. The time of the game has been moved up due to potential inclement weather.