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Women’s Basketball Defeats Wilmington in Regular Season Finale

Seniors' Clara Lemmon, Mackenzie Colombo and Sydney Clark
Seniors' Clara Lemmon, Mackenzie Colombo and Sydney Clark

BEREA, Ohio –The Baldwin Wallace University women's basketball team closed out the regular season portion of its schedule with a 61-54 Ohio Athletic Conference victory against Wilmington College in the Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center on Seniors' and Parents' Day.

BW (21-4, 14-4 OAC) will enter next week's OAC Tournament as the second-seed and will host a semifinal game on Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Wilmington (16-9, 12-6 OAC) will enter next week's OAC Tournament as the third-seed and will host a quarterfinal game on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of Monday night's first-round game between the sixth-seed University of Mount Union and seventh-seed Heidelberg University.

The Yellow Jackets had three players score in double figures led by junior guard Katie Smith (Fairview Park/Fairview) with 16 points.  Senior All-OAC forward Sydney Clark (Parma/Lake Ridge Academy) chipped in 12 points and sophomore guard Hannah Fecht (Hilliard/Davidson) scored 11.

The Quakers were led by sophomore wing Mackenize Campbell who led all scorers with 18 points.  Notably, senior post Mara Moyer grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds.

In the first half the Yellow Jackets would jump out to an early 13-5 lead after a deep three-pointer from Smith at the 2:23 mark.  A 6-0 run from the Quakers, after a pair of free throws from senior guard Ashley Andracki, would cut the BW lead to two, 13-11, at the 9:39 mark in the second quarter.  Feeding off of the incredible energy in the arena, the Yellow Jackets would rail off a 14-5 run after a three-pointer from Fecht.  Fecht caught fire in the final eight minutes of the first half singlehandedly outscoring Wilmington 8-2 in that stretch to enter the intermission up 27-16.

In a tale of two halves, the Quakers would open up the second half with a 17-7 run after a jumper from Campbell at the 1:37 mark would cut the BW lead to 34-33.  A back and forth exchange of field goals would leave BW in the lead 41-40 with eight minutes remaining in the game.  A quick 7-2 run from the Yellow Jackets on the heels of a layup from sophomore forward Rachel Womeldorf (Lewis Center/Olentangy) would extend the BW lead to 48-42 with 5:44 left in the game.  A late push from Wilmington would be futile as late-game free throws and a game-sealing steal from Clark would give the Yellow Jackets the win 61-54.