Wittenberg turns back WC offense in 85-68 win

SPRINGFIELD – The Wilmington College women’s basketball team, which entered the game third in scoring among NCAA Division III women’s basketball, was held under 70 points for the second time this season in an 85-68 loss at Wittenberg University in game one of the Charles B. Zimmerman Kiwanis Classic on Sunday.

Wilmington will face Westminster (Mo.) at noon today in the tournament consolation game.

Kennedy Lewis led WC with 16 points. McKayla Binkley had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

WC had just 6 assists on 28 made baskets and connected on 3 of 16 three-point shots.

The Quakers scored six of the first eight points on a basket from Lewis, a free throw from Hannah Binkley and a three-pointer from Kelly Noll. The Tigers scored the second six points to take their first lead, but a Hannah Binkley layup tied the game 8-8 at the 6:28 mark.

Wittenberg pulled away for a 35-23 lead early in the second quarter.

An old-fashioned, three-point play from Ellen Nilback off a pass from Lewis got Wilmington back within eight, and a Lewis layup on the next possession with 3:56 to play in the quarter made the score 38-32. That basket would be the last points for the Quakers in the half, however, as four points for Wittenberg to close gave the Tigers a 42-32 lead at halftime.

A Noll layup opened the third quarter, but after a Tiger miss, Wittenberg scored on four consecutive possessions to open a 15-point advantage, 51-36, with 5:51 to play in the quarter.

The Tigers, which entered the game averaging 63.3 points per game, passed that mark less than a minute into the fourth quarter. A score on its first three possessions gave Wittenberg its biggest lead of the game (68-47) with 8:33 to play.


Dec 29, 2019

Charles Zimmerman Kiwanis Classic

@Pam Evans Smith, Wittenberg

Wittenberg 85 Wilmington 68



(68) WILMINGTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Lee 3-0-0-6 Lewis 6-1-3-16 M. Binkley 5-1-0-11 Noll 2-1-0-5 H. Binkley 3-0-1-7 Bailey 4-0-0-8 Carpenter 0-0-0-0 B. Davis 0-0-0-0 Jackson 1-0-0-2 Nilback 2-0-1-5 Rickman 1-0-3-5 E. Davis 1-0-0-2 Jones 0-0-1-1. TOTALS 28-3-9-68

(85) WITTENBERG (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Kalis 7-2-0-16 Berner 7-0-4-18 Culber 3-0-4-10 Williams 4-0-0-8 Yunker 8-1-6-23 Snyder 0-0-0-0 Hopkins 2-1-0-5 Bluemlein 0-0-1-1 Wyatt 2-0-0-4 TOTALS 33-4-15-85

FIELD GOALS: WC (28-71) Lewis 6-7 M. Binkley 5-10 Bailey 4-8 WI (33-65) Berner 7-11 Kalis 7-13 Yunker 8-13

3 PT FIELD GOALS: WC (3-16) WI (4-17)

FREE THROWS: WC (9-15) WI (15-20)

REBOUNDS: WC-32 (M. Binkley 12 H. Binkley 4 Noll 3 Lee 3 Rickman 3) WI-33 (Culver 8)

ASSISTS: WC-6 (H. Binkley 2 Lewis 2) WI-13

STEALS: WC-12 (Rickman 3 Bailey 2 Noll 2) WI-3

BLOCKED SHOTS: WC-3 (M. Binkley 3) WI-3