First half costs Lady Quakers in loss to Wittenberg
Tigers claim 62-48 win
December 30, 2011
Emily Zimmerman (at right) and the Lady Quakers lost to Wittenberg in the Charles B. Zimmerman Memorial Classic title game. (John Swartzel photo)
SPRINGFIELD — A nightmare first half proved to be too much to overcome as Wilmington College dropped a 62-48 decision to Wittenberg in the championship game of the Charles B. Zimmerman Memorial Classic Friday.
The Lady Quakers are now 8-4 on the season while Wittenberg improves to 5-5.
Wittenberg scored the first seven points of the game and extended the margin to 31-17 at the break.
The first half was an across-the-board struggle as Wilmington got good looks at the basket, but couldn’t find the range. The Lady Quakers connected on 7 of 30 shots and committed 13 turnovers that led to 10 Wittenberg points.
Brianna Peters (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) scored and McKenzie Kilburn (Huber Heights/Wayne) hit a 3-point play as Wilmington opened the second half with five straight points to pull within nine at 31-22.
The Tigers, though, had the answer: an 8-0 run to extend their lead to 39-22 with 13:33 to play.
Wilmington made one final push and cut the deficit to 47-38 when Courtney Tucker (Cincinnati/Sycamore) found Makenzie Wippel (Orient/Westfall) for a lay-in with 4:44 remaining.
Wittenberg iced the win by hitting 9 of 10 free throws in the final 2 minutes of play. For the game the Tigers made 27 of 32 shots from the charity stripe while Wilmington connected on 7 of 9 chances.
Peters was the lone Lady Quaker in double figures with 11 points. LeAnn Topp (New Bremen) scored eight points and collected nine rebounds. Tucker pulled down 11 boards.
Topp was named to the All-Classic Team.