(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – A third quarter barrage helped Walsh surpass Clarion by a score of 72-61 in a non-conference pre-Thanksgiving clash at Alumni Arena Wednesday afternoon. The Cavaliers (3-2) outscored the Golden Eagles (2-4) 22-4 during the frame and held off a late rally by the visitors.
Clarion actually started off the second half with a 3-pointer on its second possession for the first points in the quarter by either team. The Cavaliers defense picked up for the remainder of the quarter and forced the Eagles to go 0-15 the rest of the way. The Maroon and Gold also forced six turnovers during that time, four of which came via steals.
Emily Westphal tied the game up at 38-38 with a pair of free throws and a layup before Brittni Clopton put the Cavaliers up for good with another layup at the 7:23 mark. It sparked a 22-1 run to close quarter.
In the fourth, Clarion was able to trim the deficit to seven after a layup, but Walsh answered with the next four points. The Eagles weren't able to get closer than eight the rest of the way.
Alex Hochstedler had another spectacular game with 20 points and 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Seven of those rebounds came during the pivotal third quarter.
Westphal reached double-figures for the second time this season with a career-best 14 points. She was 5-of-7 from the field with six rebounds. Dominique Foley also had a career-best 12 points. Allison Butler added 10.
The Cavaliers were narrowly out-rebounded 51-47, but committed just seven turnovers to Clarion's 16, 11 of which were from steals.
Walsh will now focus on its next opponent in Wheeling Jesuit. The Cavs will take on the Cardinals of the Mountain East Conference on Sunday at 2 p.m.