WILMINGTON — For the second time this season, the Wilmington College women’s basketball team eclipsed the century mark in a 102-93 win Saturday afternoon over Mount Union Ohio Athletic Conference action at Fred Raizk Arena.
With the victory, Wilmington is 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the conference. Mount Union falls to 5-4 and 0-3 in the OAC.
Wilmington had five players reach double figures, including a pair of non-starters. McKayla Binkley led with 22 points (13 in the second half). Michelle Lee added 21, including 17 in the first half.
Hannah Binkley scored 18 points (including four three-pointers). Non-starters Brooke Davis and Kelis Jones came off the bench and scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.
In a losing cause, Mount Union’s Tori Rappach was the game’s high scorer with 24 points.
Wilmington held a 22-20 lead at the first quarter break, and the two teams combined for 68 points in the second period (Wilmington 36-32) as the Lady Quakers held a 58-52 lead at halftime.
The Lady Quakers won the third quarter battle, 25-15, to extend the lead to 83-67 after three periods. Wilmington kept it going, and eventually built a 94-74 lead in the opening minute of the final period.
But the Purple Raiders made a run and narrowed the gap to 96-85 with 3:00 to play in regulation. Mount Union whittled the lead to just six, but would get no closer.
Mount Union relied on long-distance shooting, making 13 of 31 attempts beyond the three-point arc. Wilmington was 11 of 20 beyond the arc, and the Lady Quakers were nearly 50 percent from the floor, converting 35 of 71 total field goal attempts.
Mount Union held a slight advantage on the boards, winning the rebounding battle, 46-41. Kelly Noll pulled down 10 rebounds, while Michelle Lee and McKayla Binkley each pulled down seven rebounds.
Wilmington, which struggled from the free throw line in Wednesday’s loss to Ohio Northern, had a much better performance on Saturday, as the Lady Quakers converted 21 of 25 attempts from the charity stripe.
This was Wilmington’s final game before the Christmas holiday break. Their next game will be in the Charles Zimmerman Memorial Tournament at Wittenberg, Dec. 29-30.
Dec 14, 2019
@Fred Raizk Arena
Wilmington 102 Mt Union 93
(93) MOUNT UNION (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Rauhe 5-2-2-14 Rappach 9-4-2-24 Maynard 4-2-0-10 Hessel 1-0-2-4 Peoples-O’Neil 1-0-1-3 Ziegler 0-0-0-0 Sauter 1-1-2-5 Sweeney 0-0-0-0 Turley 0-0-0-0 Hensley 0-0-0-0 Gassman 3-0-3-9 Palamore 1-0-0-2 Schaefer 8-3-0-19 Glass 0-0-0-0 Luthy 1-1-0-3. TOTALS 34-13-12-93
(102) WILMINGTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Lewis 2-1-0-5 M. Binkley 7-1-7-22 Noll 1-0-2-4 H. Binkley 6-4-2-18 Lee 8-1-4-21 Bailey 1-0-1-3 Carpenter 0-0-0-0 Davis 3-2-3-11 Nilback 1-0-0-2 Rickman 2-0-0-4 Jones 3-2-2-10 TOTALS 35-11-21-102
FIELD GOALS: M 34-80 (Rappach 9-17 Schaefer 8-11); W 35-71 (Lee 8-10 M. Binkley 7-11 H. Binkley 6-11 Davis 3-4)
3 PT FIELD GOALS: M 13-31 (Rappach 4-10); W (11-20) H. Binkley 4-5
FREE THROWS: M 12-17; W 21-25 (M. Binkley 7-8 Lee 4-4)
REBOUNDS: M-46 (Hessel 8 Schaefer 7); W-41 (Noll 10 Lee 7 M. Binkley 7 Lewis 4 H. Binkley 3, Nilback 3)
ASSISTS: M-18 (Gassman 6); W-23 (Lewis 5 Noll 4 H. Binkley 4 Rickman 3 Jones 3)
STEALS: M-5; W-6
BLOCKED SHOTS: M-3; W-4 (M. Binkley 2)
TURNOVERS: M-9; W-7
Bill Liermann covers college and high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @lierjet.