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Women's Basketball Heads to Otterbein Looking to Snap Skids

Photo by John Swartzel
Photo by John Swartzel





WILMINGTON, Ohio – The Wilmington College women's basketball team will attempt to stop a two-game losing skid when the Quakers head to the Rike Center for a 7 p.m. Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) game with Otterbein University on Wednesday.

The Teams: Wilmington and Otterbein. The Quakers are 7-6 overall, an even 3-3 in conference play and coming off a 90-72 loss at home to defending OAC champions John Carroll University on Saturday. The Cardinals are 9-4 on the season, 4-2 in conference competition and also trying end a losing streak as No. 14 Baldwin Wallace University claimed a 71-53 win on Saturday.

The Coaches: Jerry Scheve is in his 30th season as head coach of the Wilmington women's basketball program. Scheve, who guided the Quakers to the NCAA Division III National Championship in 2004, has amassed over 500 career victories. Diana Noles is in her first season as Otterbein's head coach after spending the previous seven as the team's top assistant. A 2004 graduate, Noles (Esterkamp) was a three-time All-OAC performer.

The Players: McKayla Binkley is Wilmington's leading scorer (17.3 points per game) and rebounder (7.8 rebounds per game) while also dishing out 1.7 assists and stealing over two passes per game. Sister Hannah Binkley and Kennedy Lewis both score 11.8 points per game while Kelly Noll is second on the squad in rebounding at 6.4 boards per 40 minutes. Abbie Scholz and Delaney Cutteridge both score in double figures for the Cardinals. Scholz, who scores over 13 points per game, is also Otterbein's top rebounder with 7.2 rebounds per game.

Tale of the Tape: Points per game – Wilmington 82.6, Otterbein 62.6; opponents' points per game – Wilmington 74.0, Otterbein 54.5; field goal percentage – Wilmington 42.7, Otterbein 38.9; three-point percentage – Wilmington 33.7, Otterbein 34.7; free throw percentage – Wilmington 72.4, Otterbein 64.3; rebounds per game – Wilmington 40.8, Otterbein 37.2; assist-to-turnover ratio – Wilmington 0.87, Otterbein 1.10.

Tops in the OAC: McKayla Binkley leads the OAC in scoring at 17.3 points per game.

Scoring Offense: The Quakers are seventh in NCAA Division III in scoring offense at 83.5 points per game.

Former Teammates: Otterbein head coach Diana Noles (Esterkamp) and Wilmington assistant coach Janel Blankespoor (Iden) were teammates at Otterbein during the 2003-04 season. Both were on the last team to defeat the 2004 Lady Quakers before their run to the national championship.

Recent History: Wilmington is 24-16 against Otterbein since joining the OAC prior to the 2001 season. The Cardinals have won the last four meetings, however. More information on the series history can be found by visiting the link above.

Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the game will be available – visit the links above.

Social Media: Wilmington athletics is represented on Facebook (Wilmington College Athletics), Twitter (@DubCQuakers) and Instagram (@DubCQuakers). Follow all the happenings of Wilmington College on social media by using the hashtag "#WeAreDubC".

Up Next: Wilmington hosts Baldwin Wallace University for a 3 p.m. game on Saturday.