Cavaliers Battle #6 Ashland Down Stretch, 94-86

Cavaliers Battle #6 Ashland Down Stretch, 94-86

ASHLAND, Ohio - The Walsh Cavaliers women's basketball team fought hard against the number six team in the country on Tuesday (Nov. 26) afternoon. Walsh made a late run at the Ashland Eagles, falling 94-86 at Kates Gymnasium. 

Walsh opened the game with five straight points as Tyler Newkirk hit a three pointer and Kimmie Borck made a layup. Ashland followed with a 14-0 run as they took a nine point lead with 4:27 left in the first quarter. After Ashland held an 18-11 lead with three minutes to go, Quionche Carter capped a Walsh 8-2 run with four straight points in the final seven seconds. Walsh trailed Ashland 20-19 after the first quarter. 

Borck took the lead back for the Cavaliers with a three pointer ten seconds into the second period. The Eagles rallied with 11 straight points as Ashland gained a 33-22 lead with 7:12 remaining before halftime. Walsh went on a 10-4 run as Borck trimmed the deficit to five points later in the quarter with a layup. Ashland held a 44-36 lead at the intermission. 

After Ashland pushed the lead to 55-38 with an 11-2 run, Walsh pulled within 13 as they trailed 73-57 after three quarters. 

Ashland led by as many as 21 in the fourth quarter but the Cavaliers weren't done there. Walsh began the charge as they cut into the lead with a 10-4 run at the media timeout. Jamie Halloran made two three pointers as the lead was slimmed to 86-71 with five minutes remaining. Over the next two and a half minutes, Walsh's pressure continued to mount as another 9-2 run put the Cavaliers down eight. Newkirk and Mayci Sales each scored four points on the run as the deficit was 88-80 with 2:30 to go. The Cavaliers could not close any farther, falling 94-86 to the Eagles. 

Carter made eight field goals and five free throws in a 21-point effort with seven rebounds and four steals. Newkirk set a career-high with 21 points on seven field goals (one three pointer) and six free throws. Borck nailed two three pointers in a 14 point afternoon. Sales added 12 points with six free throws and four assists. Megan Ball gave ten points off the bench. 

Walsh finished with a 46.9% field goal percentage (30-64) and shot 91% (21-23) from the charity stripe. The Cavaliers scored 48 points in the paint and turned 16 Ashland turnovers into 24 points. 

The Cavaliers will return to action after the Thanksgiving holiday as they take on Edinboro on the road. The Cavaliers and Fighting Scots face off on Tuesday (Dec. 3) at 5:30 PM.