Second half start propels JCU past WC women 80-59

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – A 12-0 run to open the second half propelled John Carroll University to an 80-59 victory over the Wilmington College women’s basketball team in Ohio Athletic Conference action Saturday afternoon.

John Carroll took a 15-9 lead seven minutes into the game, but three-pointers from Michelle Lee, Hannah Binkley and Kelly Noll on consecutive possessions put the visiting Quakers on top 18-15. Wilmington led 20-19 after one quarter, but a 7-2 spurt from JCU put the hosts up 26-22 early in the second quarter.

After Wilmington got within 29-27 two minutes later, the Blue Streaks scored eight straight putting them on top 37-27 with four minutes to play in the first half.

Wilmington ended the half on an 8-0 run, which included baskets from three different players along with two free throws from Noll to get within two points at the break.

JCU scored the first dozen points of the second half to go up 49-35 and forced Wilmington coach Jerry Scheve to call two timeouts. The Quakers, who have been outscored by an average of 5.25 points in the third quarter coming into the game, would not get the deficit back into single digits until a Kennedy Lewis layup with 5:42 to play in regulation made the scoreboard read 64-55. JCU scored 16 of the last 19 points to seal the victory.

Wilmington shot nearly 46 percent from the field but turned the ball over 20 times.

Mackenzie Campbell led Wilmington individually with a season-high 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting in 28 minutes off the bench. Hannah Binkley was the other Quaker to score in double figures with 12 points, also off the bench. Sister McKayla Binkley added nine points while Lewis and Noll each dished out four assists.

Nicole Heffington led all scorers with 18 points for JCU. Dani Carlson turned in a 14-point, seven-rebound performance off the bench.

Wilmington (7-6, 2-4 OAC) hosts Otterbein University Wednesday.