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Three-Point Shooting Lifts Marietta Past Women's Basketball

Photo by Lizz Hadley
Photo by Lizz Hadley


WILMINGTON, Ohio – Marietta College shot a blistering 53.3 percent (16-of-30) from three-point range in a 96-66 victory Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) victory at Hermann Court on Saturday evening.

The Pioneers (5-3) did not trail in the entire game, helped in part by converting on their first four three-point attempts. McKayla Binkley, the leading scorer from the previous night, hit consecutive triples late in the first quarter to pull the Fightin' Quakers within two (18-16). Marietta scored the quarter's final seven points, however, and led 25-16 after 10 minutes.

The visitors' lead would grow to as many as 15 points (41-26) midway through the second quarter, but a Wilmington run capped by a triple from Michelle Lee with 2:18 to play. Hannah Schill and Lee would trade triples on two consecutive possessions, leading to a Pioneer 52-39 advantage at halftime.

Lee opened the half by scoring four points including an offensive rebound putback to pull the Quakers within eight (53-45) three minutes into the third quarter. Marietta's hot shooting from distance didn't stop, however, as the Pioneers put the game away with three triples on four possessions.

Marietta made 31-of-63 (49.2 percent) from the field as well as 18-of-23 (78.3 percent) from the charity stripe. The Pioneers, who were outrebounded badly in Friday evening's contest, held a 49-31 edge in the rematch.

McKayla Binkley once again led all scorers with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and four assists. Lee also scored a season-high 15 points and grabbed five rebounds while Kennedy Lewis had nine points and three assists.

A trio of Pioneers – Jill Congrove, Kate Liston and Hannah Schill – all finished in double figures and all connected on four three-pointers. Congrove led the way with 19 points and five assists.

Wilmington (4-4), which has split every series thus far this season, faces off with Otterbein University next weekend.