Quakers take down Muskingum
Balanced effort leads to 71-61 win
January 4, 2012
Shelby Kies (at right) scored 12 points and handed out three assists in Wilmington's win over Muskingum. (John Swartzel photo)
Balance was the name of the game as Wilmington College opened the New Year with a 71-61 win over Muskingum in Ohio Athletic Conference women’s action at Fred Raizk Arena Wednesday night.
The Lady Quakers are now 4-2 in the OAC, 9-4 overall. Muskingum drops to 1-4 in the conference, 6-6 for the season.
“Overall, I am pleased with how we played tonight,” Wilmington head coach Jerry Scheve said. “We struggled our last two games and tried to re-dedicate ourselves the last few days to playing Lady Quaker basketball. I think we came a lot closer to doing that tonight. We have been playing tight, worrying too much about what we were doing wrong, rather than what we were doing right.”
Wilmington’s point guard combination of Shelby Kies (Maineville/Kings) and Haley Howard (Uhrichsville/New Philadelphia) combined for 12 points and four assists in the first half as Wilmington shook off a cold start and built a 38-30 lead at the break.
“Shelby and Haley both had great first halves. I thought they really pushed the tempo and were aggressive with what they were doing. They made some nice things happen for us. Overall, as a combo, this was probably there best game together,” Scheve said.
Muskingum cut Wilmington’s lead to five points on two occasions in the second half, but the Lady Quakers answered both challenges and extended their lead to 54-44 when Bria Eslick (Cleveland Heights/Lutheran East) finished a full-court drive with a lay-in at 10:41.
The Muskies made it a 60-54 game with 5:22 to play, but Wilmington pulled away down the stretch at the free throw line. The Lady Quakers scored their final nine points on 9-of-11 shooting from the stripe in the final 2:24.
Kies finished with 12 points and handed out three assists. Eslick scored 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Howard added 10 points and two assists. Brianna Peters (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) finished with nine points and five boards. LeAnn Topp (New Bremen) added seven points and eight rebounds. Emily Zimmerman (Beavercreek) scored seven points.
Amanda Dobbins led Muskingum with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Carissa Bosch and Hannah Nelson scored 10 points apiece.
“We had a better offensive game than defensive game,” Scheve said. “They gave us some match-up problems with Nelson and Dobbins. They are two of the best players in the league and give everybody match-up problems, but especially give us some problems. You have to give them credit. They are very good basketball players, which they showed tonight.”
Wilmington will hit the OAC highway Saturday for a 3 p.m. game at John Carroll. The Blue Streaks were edged by Baldwin-Wallace, 55-52, Wednesday night.