Lady Quakers lose at Ohio Northern
Polar Bears win, 72-60
January 11, 2012
Haley Howard and the Lady Quakers lost to Ohio Northern Wednesday night. (John Swartzel photo)
ADA — Wilmington College played from behind all night en route to dropping a 72-60 decision at Ohio Northern in Ohio Athletic Conference women’s action Wednesday night.
The loss drops the Lady Quakers to 4-4 in the OAC, 9-6 overall. Ohio Northern improves to 6-2 in the conference, 12-3 for the season.
“Ohio Northern is a very good basketball team. I thought we came out and played good defense their first four possessions, and they made four shots to go up, 9-2. After that, it really did feel like we were playing from behind,” Wilmington head coach Jerry Scheve said.
Wilmington pulled within 27-25 when Shelby Kies (Maineville/Kings) hit a 3-pointer with 5:31 to play in the half, but Ohio Northern scored seven straight points and ended the half with a 38-30 lead.
“That’s kind of how the game went. We battled them hard, but every time we would close the gap, we would have some kind of a mental lapse and they took advantage of it,” Scheve said.
Kies got Wilmington going early in the second half. The junior point guard contributed an assist and a steal that led to a pair of baskets, and drained two free throws that reduced Ohio Northern’s lead to 40-36 at 16:51.
The Polar Bears, on their way to 52-percent shooting for the game, used a 13-2 run to build a 53-38 lead.
Wilmington got no closer than nine points the rest of the way.
“We struggled to make shots and they shot the ball well all night. That was really the major difference in the game. They are a quality team, and we didn’t play well enough to beat them,” Scheve said.
Kies led Wilmington with career-high 17 points and pulled down four rebounds.
“Shelby played with energy and really got us going,” Scheve said. “She did a nice job of getting our transition game going, which led to some easy baskets.”
Makenzie Wippel (Orient/Westfall) finished with 14 points and five rebounds. Brianna Peters (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) added 12 points and five boards.
Wilmington will remain on the road for the third straight game with a trip to Westerville Saturday to face Otterbein.
“We have to prepare for each game, no matter who we are playing. Otterbein is playing extremely well. There’s a reason they are tied with Ohio Northern in second place. We just need to believe in ourselves and be ready to play Saturday,” Scheve said.