Lady Quakers fall to Otterbein
Cardinals win, 70-59
January 14, 2012
Brianna Peters (center) scored 15 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in Wilmington's loss at Otterbein. (John Swartzel photo)
WESTERVILLE — Wilmington College was unable to parlay a hot start into a happy finish as the Lady Quakers lost at Otterbein, 70-59, in Ohio Athletic Conference action Saturday afternoon.
Wilmington is now 4-5 in the OAC, 9-7 overall. Otterbein improves to 7-2 in the conference, 13-3 for the season.
Shelby Kies (Maineville/Kings) hit a pair of free throws and Emily Zimmerman (Beavercreek) buried a 3-pointer as the Lady Quakers took a 5-0 lead in the first minute of play.
Otterbein, though, responded with seven unanswered points to seize the lead. The balance of the half was a tossing coin until the Cardinals exploded for an 11-2 run to close the frame and take a 37-27 lead at the break.
“We got off to a good start, but we couldn’t sustain it. We had too many turnovers and didn’t make enough shots,” Wilmington head coach Jerry Scheve said. “Otterbein got a hot hand and got us down. It was like our last game (72-60 loss at Ohio Northern). We spent most of the game trying to find our way back in it. We just couldn’t quite get there.”
The Lady Quakers pulled within eight points down the stretch, but Otterbein’s backcourt tandem of Kristi Kotterman and Shea McCoy was not to be denied. The pair combined for 42 points and six assists.
“They have the best guard combination in the league with Kotterman and McCoy,” Scheve said. “They are both extremely quick and shoot the ball well. They also get the ball to the basket. They are a tough match-up for anybody in the league.”
Wilmington was led by sophomore post Brianna Peters, who finished with 15 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots. The rebound total tied Peters’ career high while the double-double was her first of the season and fourth in her WC career.
“Brianna has been solid all year. Her career so far has been a solid progression, and I think she is on the cusp of taking a big step up and making today’s game the standard,” Scheve said.
Makenzie Wippel (Orient/Westfall) scored 13 points and collected six rebounds. Courtney Tucker (Cincinnati/Sycamore) added 10 points and seven boards, and Zimmerman finished with nine points.