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Late Second-Quarter Run Gives Women's Basketball Road Win at Otterbein

Photo by Otterbein's Lance Kriesch
Photo by Otterbein's Lance Kriesch

WESTERVILLE, Ohio - The Wilmington College women's basketball team ended the second quarter on a 21-5 run to propel the program to an 88-78 win at Otterbein University in an Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) game on Wednesday evening. The victory was the Quakers' first in the Rike Center in three years.

Neither team led by more than four points until late in the second quarter. Two Cardinal free throws gave the hosts a 28-27 lead, but the Quakers answered with an old-fashioned, three-point play from Brooke Davis off a pass from Emily Davis. That basket spurred a Wilmington run as the visitors, up 30-28, closed the last three-and-a-half minutes of the quarter on an 18-5 run including half of those points from the free throw line.

Otterbein closed the gap to seven points (64-57) late in the third quarter, but three straight scoring possessions for Wilmington pushed the lead back up to 71-59 after 30 minutes. The Cardinals got within eight points on four occasions in the fourth quarter, but would get no closer.

Wilmington made one more field goal (30-29) that Otterbein and shot six percentage points better, but the Cardinals made six triples to the Quakers' three. The visitors made up the difference at the free throw line, making a season-high 25-of-36 (69.4 percent) free throws. The hosts, which also won the rebounding battle 50-46, made 14-of-19 (73.7 percent) from the charity stripe.

McKayla Binkley led all scorers with 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting to mark her fifth 20-point game of the season. Hannah Binkley had 16 points while Kennedy Lewis had a dozen. Zahrya Bailey added 10 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals off the bench. Kelly Noll missed a double-double by a single point and added a team-high 13 rebounds.

Angelica Jackson led Otterbein with 18 points in defeat. Abbie Scholz, Abby Zerkle and Peyton McCord also scored in double figures.

Wilmington (8-6, 4-3 OAC) hosts No. 12 Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday.