ASHLAND, Ohio - The #23 ranked Walsh Cavaliers women's basketball team battled for a full 45 minutes to get their biggest win of the season on Thursday (Feb. 17) night at Kates Gymnasium. #23 Walsh came out victorious 83-76 over the #2 ranked Ashland Eagles.
With the win, Walsh improved to 22-3 overall and 17-2 in the conference - now with a 14-game winning streak. The Cavaliers have had six ranked wins in the Division II era and this was the highest ranked opponent that they have beaten. Walsh had not won at Ashland since the 2002-03 season.
The Cavaliers trailed by as many as 11 in the first quarter but chipped away throughout the second and third quarters. An 8-0 run in the midway point of the third quarter gave the Cavaliers a 39-36 lead - as Walsh outscored Ashland 23-11 in the third. Ashland came back and erased a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime at 63. Ashland started fast and took a 71-67 with three minutes to go. Walsh went on an 16-5 run to end the game as Sha Carter gave the Cavaliers the lead with two free throws with 48 seconds left.
FOR THE CAVALIERS
- Sha Carter led the Cavaliers with 24 points on the night with eight rebounds and three steals. Carter made eight field goals of 18 tries and was eight-of-11 from the free throw line.
- Mayci Sales added a double-double with 16 points and ten rebounds on eight-of-12 shooting.
- Lexie Scarton had 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists and four steals in her stat line.
- Morgan McMillen was the fourth player in double-figures with 15 points, including a trio of three pointers.
- Megan Ball scored nine points with a team-high four assists.
- Walsh shot 44.9% (31-69) from the floor, along with 46.7% (7-15) from beyond the arc and they converted 73.7% of their free throw attempts (14-19).
FOR THE EAGLES
- Annie Roshak was Ashland's leading scorer with 24 points and nine rebounds on ten-of-17 shooting.
- Karlee Pireu added the second double-figure stat line with 20 points and nine boards.
- The Eagles shot 30-of-67 overall, a 44.8% clip and 36.4% (8-22) from three-point land.
- Ashland only made eight-of-14 free throws on the night while winning the rebounding battle 43-37.
Walsh will head to Tiffin for a Great Midwest matchup on Saturday (Feb. 19) at 1:00 PM.