In Ohio Athletic Conference action Saturday, the Wilmington College women’s basketball team was defeated by visiting Baldwin-Wallace, 85-61, at Fred Raizk Arena.
The loss drops the Lady Quakers to 8-7 overall and a 4-4 record in conference play.
Baldwin-Wallace, ranked No. 12 nationally, improved to 13-1 overall and maintains its unbeaten record in the conference at 8-0.
It was a good start for Jerry Scheve’s squad as they jumped out to a 24-19 lead after one period. Baldwin-Wallace fought back and tied the score at 28 and 30 before finishing the half strong with a 40-34 lead at the break. The Yellow Jackets stung the Quakers with a 24-10 blitz in the third period, extending their lead to 64-44 after three periods.
Baldwin-Wallace placed three starters in double figures, with Hannah Fecht leading the way with 19 points, including 11 in the second half.
Zahrya Bailey came off the bench to lead the Lady Quaker scoring attack with 13 points. Bailey accounted for nine of Wilmington’s 17 fourth period points.
McKayla Binkley followed with 12 points and Kennedy Lewis added 10. Kelley Noll ignited the WC first quarter offense with all nine of her points, but she was held scoreless the rest of the game.
WC turned the ball over 21 times and the Yellow Jackets converted those miscues into 17 points. Baldwin Wallace committed 10 turnovers. The Yellow Jackets won the battle of the boards, as they out-rebounded Wilmington 38-34. Noll pulled down six rebounds for Wilmington.
Wilmington returns to the hardwood with a match-up 7 p.m. Wednesday Muskingum. That game will conclude the first round of OAC competition.
Bill Liermann covers college and high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @lierjet.