(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – Walsh capped a perfect 3-0 week with a 73-39 crushing of Lake Erie in GLIAC action Saturday afternoon. It was the fourth win out of five games in a 10-day span for the Cavaliers (15-7, 12-5). It was the third-straight loss for the Storm (7-16, 4-13).
The Cavs featured a balanced offense in which 11 different players reached the score column. Kelsey Funderburgh led (Sr., North Lewisburg, Ohio/Triad) led the way with a game-high 18 points as she was 5-of-10 from the field and 4-of-8 from 3-point range. Alex Hochstedler (So., Fishers, Ind./Fishers) followed with 15 points off the bench and was 6-of-12 from the floor.
Walsh shot particularly well from the perimeter as it hit 11 3-pointers in the game. It's the seventh time this season the Cavs have made at least 10 from behind the arc.
The 39 points is a season best in points allowed for the Cavaliers defense that forced Lake Erie into difficult shots throughout the game. As a result, the Storm shot just 26.7 percent, was 16-of-60 overall for the game, and didn't have a single player in double-digits. On the opposite end, the Cavs made 23-of-54 for 42.6 percent.
Lake Erie made four of its first six shots en route to a 9-2 lead in the first 3:17 of play, but Walsh answered with a 21-2 run to take control of the game. Eight of those belonged to Sarah Stephenson (Sr., New Philadelphia, Ohio/New Philadelphia) who scored all eight of her points in the first quarter with two treys.
Walsh's bench outscored Lake Erie 41-13. Overall, the Cavs also outrebounded the Storm 43-37.
With the win, the Cavs move into a tie with Grand Valley State for fifth place in with five games remaining in the season. Ohio Dominican, Michigan Tech and Saginaw Valley are all one game ahead in a tie for second place.
The Cavs will look to gain ground on one of those teams as they travel to Columbus to take on ODU on Thursday. Tip-off with the Panthers is set for 5:30 p.m.