Women’s Basketball Knocks Off Ohio Wesleyan to Remain Undefeated

Katie Smith
Katie Smith

BEREA, Ohio –The Baldwin Wallace University women's basketball team continued its undefeated season as it defeated Ohio Wesleyan University by a final score of 77-66 in the Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center. 

BW (8-0) is undefeated to open the season for the first time since the 2005-06 season when it opened that season at 9-0.  The Yellow Jackets also won 22 of their first 24 games that campaign. 

BW had three players score in double figures led by senior All-Ohio Athletic Conference and Academic All-OAC point guard Mackenzie Colombo (Strasburg) as she scored a team-high 16 points.  Senior All-OAC forward Sydney Clark (Parma/Lake Ridge Academy) tallied 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds.  Junior Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference guard Katie Smith (Fairview Park/Fairview) contributed a season-high 12 points.   Senior All-OAC forward Clara Lemmon (Canton/Louisville) grabbed a game-high and career-high tying 13 rebounds. 

Ohio Wesleyan (3-7), who has lost three straight games and seven of its last eight, falls to 5-12 in the all-time series versus the Yellow Jackets, including two straight losses.   The Battling Bishops had two players score in double figures led by senior guard Megan Kuether as she scored a game-high 24 points. Freshman forward Ella Karras added 13 points.

BW opened the game on a 16-3 run when sophomore forward Rachel Womeldorf (Lewis Center/Olentangy) had the putback at the 5:44 mark.   Ohio Wesleyan outscored the Yellow Jackets down the stretch by a count of 7-6 but trailed 22-10 after the opening quarter. 

In the second period, BW came out an 8-2 run to push its lead to 30-12 on a three-pointer by freshman guard Riley Schill (Sheffield Lake/Elyria Catholic) at the 8:00 mark.    The Yellow Jackets extended its lead to first-half high 23 points at 42-19 on a layup by freshman guard Kara Marshall (Copley/Akron Archbishop Hoban) at 4:09.  The Battling Bishops closed the first half on a 4-2 run but trailed 44-23 at the intermission.

Ohio Wesleyan opened the third quarter on a 12-2 run to cut the lead down to 46-33 when Kuether buried a three-pointer at the 5:01 mark.   BW responded with a 6-2 run to take a 52-35 advantage on a triple from Smith at 3:45.   The Battling Bishop used a 10-4 run to close the gap to 56-45 when Lisa Zeller hit a pair from the charity stripe at 1:26.  The Yellow Jackets got the final points of the third stanza when Clark scored on a layup with 44 seconds remaining to lead 58-45.

BW opened the final quarter on a 7-3 run to take a 65-48 advantage on three-pointer by sophomore guard Hannah Fecht (Hilliard/Davidson) at the 7:21 mark.  Ohio Wesleyan answered with a 10-2 run to cut the lead down to 67-58 on a triple from Karras at 4:26.   The Yellow Jackets outscored the Battling Bishops by a count of 10-8 down the stretch.

BW is back in action on when it travels to Latrobe, Pennsylvania for a non-conference game against St. Vincent College in the Robert S. Carey Student Center at 5:30 p.m.

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