Cavaliers Retain Home Court Advantage for G-MAC Semifinals

Cavaliers Retain Home Court Advantage for G-MAC Semifinals

NORTH CANTON, Ohio – The number one seeded Walsh Cavaliers women's basketball team assured that the road to the Great Midwest Championship game runs through Alumni Arena after a 64-52 win over the Trevecca Nazarene Trojans on Tuesday (March 5).

The Cavaliers jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never trailed in the contest as they punched their ticket to the G-MAC Semifinals against Hillsdale on Friday.

Walsh led 4-0 before Trevecca closed the gap to two four minutes into the game. Quionche Carter, Megan Ball and Jill Blacksten combined on a 6-0 run that opened a 12-4 lead with 2:49 to go in the quarter. The Trojans narrowed the lead to three but Ball ended the quarter with a layup. Walsh led 14-9 after one quarter.

Trevecca tied the game at 16 with a 7-2 run at the outset of the second quarter. Shelby Henkel had a layup and Lexie Scarton made a three pointer as the lead became five again. After a Trevecca three ball, Walsh closed the second quarter on an 11-0 run where four different players scored. Jamie Halloran scored five points on the rally as the Cavaliers led 32-19 at halftime.

Carter scored five straight points in a minute span, increasing the lead to 39-22 with six minutes to go in the third quarter. The teams went back-and-forth with baskets as the Trojans tried to trim the lead down. The closest they got in the quarter was ten before the Cavaliers led 47-36 after three quarters.

Walsh led by as many as 16 in the fourth quarter, including twice in the first three minutes. Trevecca cut the deficit to 59-47 with 2:24 left. Walsh got a three pointer from Tyler Newkirk and a steal and score from Carter to put the game away. Walsh won their tenth straight game, a 64-52 win over the Trojans.

Carter led with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Brittni Clopton had a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds. Mayci Sales and Ball each added nine points apiece.

The Cavaliers will host the final four beginning on Friday (March 8) with Walsh taking on Hillsdale at 5:30 PM.