Walsh pulls away with second half spurt
Jan. 13, 2009
NORTH CANTON, Ohio – The Walsh women’s basketball team scored the first seven points of the second half and came out of the locker room on an 18-4 run to pull away from Point Park in a 77-61 American Mideast Conference victory Tuesday.
Walsh (10-7) improved to 4-0 in the AMC while Point Park (6-7) fell to 0-4 and lost for the third-straight game.
Walsh’s Katie Berry, the reigning AMC Player of the Week, scored 17 of her 19 points in the first half to help the Cavaliers take a 35-32 lead at the break.
The Cavaliers used their 7-0 run to take a 10-point lead, 42-32, just 58 seconds into the second half. Walsh held Point Park without a field for the first 4:39 of the half, and by the 14:53 mark, the Cavaliers had run off an 18-4 run to lead 53-36.
Cara Bedard, who had 12 of her 16 points after halftime, hit a jumper to give Walsh a 25-point lead, 66-41, midway through the half. The final margin of 16 points was the closest Point Park got the rest of the way.
Ashleigh Hays (Pleasant Hills/Thomas Jefferson) (pictured) had a team-high 11 points for Point Park, which shot 40 percent (21-for-52) from the field. The Pioneers shot 30 percent (8-for-27) the second half.
Katy Auth (Bellevue/Northgate) and Ashley Henderson (Greensburg/Greensburg Central Catholic) scored nine points apiece for the Pioneers.
Hays hit a 3-pointer at the 12:51 mark of the first half to trim Walsh’s lead to 14-13.
Then Berry took control. The 5-11 sophomore forward scored Walsh’s next 10 points and the 10-4 spurt gave the Cavaliers a 24-17 lead with 9:22 to go before halftime.
Walsh built a 31-21 lead with 6:01 left in the half, but Point Park mounted an 11-4 run to end the first 20 minutes. The spurt included 3-pointers from Hays, Auth and Heather Swedish (Sewickley/Avonworth).
Point Park committed 23 turnovers with 13 coming in the first half. Walsh led in rebounding, 36-30, and Bedard had a game-high 11 boards.
The Cavaliers shot 53 percent (29-for-55) from the floor, including 56 percent (14-for-25) the second half.
Point Park visits Daemen Saturday at 2 p.m. in an AMC game. Daemen (11-4 overall, 2-1 AMC) defeated Houghton, 74-50, in an AMC game Tuesday.