WILMINGTON — Bouncing back from a stinging loss on the road at John Carroll Saturday, the Wilmington College women’s team defeated Otterbein, 66-58, Wednesday night at Fred Raizk Arena.
Before taking the mistep at John Carroll, Wilmington had won seven of its previous eight contests.
With the win, Wilmington (15-7) remains tied with Baldwin-Wallace for second place in the Ohio Athletic Conference with a league mark of 11-4. The Yellow Jackets were victorious over John Carroll, 71-63, on Wednesday night.
The game was part of the Quakers vs Cancer theme as money was raised to benefit research for breast cancer as well as head and neck cancer.
Otterbein falls to 9-13 overall and the Cardinals are 5-10 in OAC action.
“Saturday was a very tough loss for us and tonight was a test as to how we could put it behind us and bounce back with a victory,” said WC head coach Jerry Scheve following the contest.
“We’ve bounced back from tough losses before and the girls responded. Otterbein is a very good team and they always give us a battle. It was really nip and tuck most of the night and we had a couple of runs where we opened up a decent margin, but I didn’t feel real comfortable because they (Otterbein) can come right back at you and get the lead down to single digits.”
Mackenzie Campbell was the high scorer for Wilmington with 18 points (13 in the first half), before leaving the game after taking a hard fall under the basket fighting for a loose ball midway through the third period. Scheve credited Campbell’s teammates for stepping up during her absence.
“We had others who really stepped up for us when Mackenzie went down. Emily Harman had some big baskets for us (10 points on the night including six in the final period) and she pulled down some big rebounds for us. Brittaney (Jefferson) had some clutch baskets and she added a big three (12 total points).
“We had a real balanced effort from everybody on the floor,” he noted.
Rebounding was a big key to Wilmington’s success, as the Quakers out-rebounded Otterbein, 34-27. Wilmington pulled down 13 boards on the offensive glass.
“We really dominated the boards tonight and scored 12 points on those second chances,” Scheve noted.
Savannah Hooper pulled down seven rebounds, while Mary Moyer and Campbell had six rebounds each.
Scheve felt his squad did a good job protecting the ball, committing just 14 turnovers.
Another statistic which jumped out at Scheve was 18 assists by his squad on 27 field goals. Point guard Ashley Andracki dished out six assists for WC.
“That shows me we’re sharing the basketball and looking to make an extra pass. They (Otterbein) kept switching defenses on us throughout the game but I felt we handled that situation well,” said Scheve.
Wilmington travels to Marietta Saturday, before returning to Fred Raizk Arena next Wednesday night versus Capital. The Crusaders were defeated by Marietta, 64-48, on their home floor at Bexley Wednesday night.
The matchup with Capital will be the regular-season finale for Scheve’s squad.
February 8, 2017
@Fred Raizk Arena, Hermann Court
Wilmington 66 Otterbein 58
(58) OTTERBEIN (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Taylor 8-0-3-19 Scholz 1-0-0-2 Kissel 6-2-0-14 Cartnal 1-0-3-5 Jones 0-0-0-0 Campbell-Muriente 0-0-0-0 Cutteridge 1-0-0-2 Merk 1-1-0-3 Miduri 5-0-1-2-13 Pifher 0-0-0-0. TOTALS 23-4-8-58
(66) WILMINGTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Harman 5-0-0-10 Moyer 2-0-3-7 Jefferson 5-1-1-12 Andracki 2-1-1-6 Campbell 8-2-0-18 Murphy 0-0-0-0 Hooper 2-1-2-7 Smith 0-0-0-0 Tabor 3-0-0-6. TOTALS 27-5-7-66
FIELD GOALS: O 23-52 (Taylor 6-12 Miduri 5-8); W 27-56 (Campbell 8-14 Harman 5-8 Jefferson 5-10 Tabor 3-3)
3 PT FIELD GOALS: O 4-15; W 5-18 (Campbell 2-3)
FREE THROWS: O 8-12 (Taylor 3-4); W 7-11 (Hooper 2-2 Moyer 3-4)
REBOUNDS: O-27 (Pifher 8); W-34 (Hooper 7 Moyer 6 Campbell 6 Harman 4 Jefferson 3 Tabor 3)
ASSISTS: O-6; W-18 (Andracki 6 Moyer 3 Hooper 3 Tabor 3)
STEALS: O-2; W-8 (Campbell 2 Hooper 2 Harman 2)
BLOCKED SHOTS: O-2; W-1