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Women's Basketball Grinds Out Road Win 75-65 at Marietta

Photo by Randy Sarvis
Photo by Randy Sarvis

MARIETTA, Ohio - Four individuals scored in double figures as the Wilmington College women's basketball team defeated Marietta College 75-65 in an Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) game at Ban Johnson Arena on Saturday.

Offense was at a premium in the first quarter as Wilmington made four field goals, including the final two of the period from Michelle Lee, and Marietta made just three triples over the first 10 minutes. The second quarter was just the opposite as the Pioneers would score 20 points and the Quakers 29.

Marietta scored the first five points to lead 14-10, but Wilmington stormed back with a 14-4 run capped by four free throws from Kennedy Lewis. A Pioneer triple from Marlo Taylor ended the run, but the Quakers scored three of the last four baskets of the half – Ellen Nilback, McKayla Binkley and Hannah Binkley – to take a 39-29 advantage into halftime.

The Pioneers would get within seven points on three occasions in the second half, but the Quakers had the answer each time, sealing their first win in Ban Johnson Arena since Dec. 6, 2014.

"We knew we had to get better defensively, and today we did just that," Wilmington Head Coach Jerry Scheve said. "It was a good team win."

Wilmington converted 27-of-65 (41.5 percent) from the field compared to 22-of-65 (33.8 percent) for Marietta. The Pioneers made two more triples (9-7) while the Quakers earned two more free throw makes (14-12). The visitors edged out the hosts in the rebounding battle 43-42 along with making 10 steals.

Individually, Lee led all scorers with 18 points on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting to go along with five rebounds. McKayla Binkley had 12 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals while Lewis and Zahrya Bailey also scored in double figures.

Alexis Enochs led Marietta with 17 points while Camille Cummins grabbed 17 rebounds in defeat.

Wilmington (7-4, 3-1 OAC) heads to Capital University on Wednesday evening.