Lady Quakers slip past Kalamazoo
WC wins Fred Raizk Tournament opener, 56-52
December 20, 2011
Haley Howard heads to the basket during Wilmington's win over Kalamazoo.
Wilmington College snapped a two-game losing streak with a 56-52 win over Kalamazoo in first-round action of the Fred Raizk Memorial Tournament, presented by Hampton Inn & Suites and Damon’s Grill, Tuesday night.
The Quakers are now 7-2 while Kalamazoo drops to 2-7.
Wilmington will face DePauw/Hanover game in Wednesday’s 3 p.m. championship game. The Tigers romped past Hanover, 72-38, in Tuesday’s other first-round game.
“I give a lot of credit to Kalamazoo,” Wilmington head coach Jerry Scheve said. “They are 2-7, but they are a much better team than that. They gave undefeated Franklin all they could ask for. We knew this would be a tough game, and it was.”
Wilmington never trailed, but couldn’t hit enough shots to pull away from the Hornets.
The Lady Quakers took a 20-10 lead when LeAnn Topp (New Bremen) scored with 7:53 to play in the opening half, but Kalamazoo whittled the Lady Quakers’ lead to 31-25 at the break.
Wilmington’s lead again reached double-digits in the second half when Makenzie Wippel (Orient/Westfall) canned a pair of free throws to put the Lady Quakers up, 41-30, at 13:47.
The Hornets worked their way back into the contest and cut the deficit to a single point with 3:18 to play.
Wilmington’s offense clicked down the stretch as the Lady Quakers got lay-ins from Wippel and Brianna Peters (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) in the final minute of play to seal the win.
“We played our best basketball of the night on our last two possessions,” Scheve said. “Those plays are what we tried to do all night, which is to get the ball inside. Emily Zimmerman made a really instinctive play to get the ball to Makenzie and Spencer Robles made a nice pass on the second one.”
Bria Eslick (Cleveland Heights/Lutheran East) led Wilmington with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Peters finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. Wippel scored eight points and collected seven boards. Haley Howard (Uhrichsville/New Philadelphia) and Topp scored eight and seven points, respectively.