WILMINGTON — Kelly Noll opened the scoring 25 seconds in to the game Monday and the Wilmington College women’s basketball team never trailed in an 82-68 win over Earlham at Fred Raizk Arena.
The victory in the Quaker Bowl rivalry puts WC at 3-2 on the year. Earlham drops to 1-4.
Noll had 17 points to lead WC. She also had a team-best three steals.
McKayla Binkley added 16 points. Ellen Nilback had nine points off the bench while Hannah Rickman had four assists and three steals in a substitute role.
Wilmington had a big edge on the boards, winning the rebounding battle 41-29. Ellen Nilback pulled down nine rebounds while Zahrya Bailey and McKayla Binkley both grabbed six rebounds.
It was a close battle in the early-going as Wilmington held a 16-13 lead after one period. Thanks to a 30-18 margin in the second period, Wilmington led 46-31 at halftime. Eight different players scored in the second period and Wilmington got a spark with Rickman coming off the bench to score a pair of field goals in the closing minute as WC extended its lead.
Wilmington kept the momentum going in the third period, outscoring Earlham 21-13, to extend the margin to 23 points, 67-44. Earlham claimed the final period by a 24-15 margin.
The Lady Quakers made the most of their opportunities, shooting nearly 52 percent from the floor (32 of 62 attempts). Earlham struggled from the floor, converting just under 40 percent (23 of 58), and EC missed all nine attempts from long distance.
Wilmington turned it over 29 times, including 16 in the first half. Earlham committed 25 turnovers, including 14 in the opening half. The Lady Quakers converted Earlham’s miscues into 23 points.
Wilmington maintained an up-tempo offense throughout, scoring 33 fast-break points compared to just eight for Earlham.
Wilmington begins Ohio Athletic Conference action Saturday on the road at Heidelberg. They return to Fred Raizk Arena, hosting Ohio Northern 7 p.m. Dec. 11.
Dec 2, 2019
@Fred Raizk Arena
Wilmington 82 Earlham 68
(68) EARLHAM (fg-3fg-ft-tp) White 8-0-6-22 Trenshaw 0-0-0-0 Tennete 2-0-1-5 Joseph 0-0-0-0 Curtis 2-0-3-7 Carter 0-0-0-0 Weisner 4-0-3-11 Shipp 1-0-0-2 McClendon 6-0-5-17 Bowling 0-0-1-1 Stanley 0-0-0-0 Brooks 0-0-0-0 Poole 0-0-0-0 Newhart 0-0-1-1 Krodel 0-0-2-2. TOTALS 23-0-22-68
(82) WILMINGTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Lewis 4-0-2-10 M Binkley 6-0-4-16 Noll 6-4-1-17 H Binkley 2-0-2-6 Lee 2-0-0-4 Bailey 2-0-1-5 Carpenter 0-0-0-0 Davis 1-1-0-3 Nilback 1-0-0-2 Rickman 3-0-1-7 Davis 0-0-0-0 Snider 2-0-1-5 Jones 3-1-0-7. TOTALS 32-6-12-82
FIELD GOALS: E 23-58; W 32-62 (M Binkley 6-7, Noll 6-7, Lewis 4-6, Rickman 3-3)
3 PT FIELD GOALS: E 0-9; W 6-17 (Noll 4-5)
FREE THROWS: E 22-36; W 12-17 (M Binkley 4-4)
REBOUNDS: E-29; W-41 (Nilback 9, M. Binkley 6 Bailey 6 Lewis 5 Noll 3)
ASSISTS: E-7; W-16 (Rickman 4, Lewis 3, H. Binkley 3, Bailey 3)
STEALS: E-13; W-13 (Rickman 3, Bailey 3, Noll 3)
BLOCKED SHOTS: E-2; W-2
TURNOVERS: E-25; W-29
Bill Liermann covers college and high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @lierjet.