#11 Walsh Runs Past Maple Leafs 91-58
GOSHEN, Ind. (Box Score) - With eight players on the roster standing six foot or taller, the visiting Walsh University Cavaliers were too much on the boards for the Goshen College women's basketball team.
Walsh - the 14th ranked team in NAIA DII - out rebounded the Maple Leafs 49-17 and ran away with a 91-58 victory Wednesday night in Goshen.
"I thought we really struggled today on the inside in all areas," ninth-year head coach Steve Wiktorowski said. "We got destroyed on the boards and they got into the lane way too much."
After junior Kaylee Hilliker scored the game's first points with a long 3-pointer, Goshen struggled from outside, hitting just 2-of-14 from long range. They finished the night just under 30% overall, while the Cavaliers drained 57% from the field.
"One big problem is we were not able to get enough minutes from our seniors with (Erica) Yost out, (Erica) Emanuel limited because of illness and (Cassie) Greives because of fouls," Wiktorowski explained. "We need Cassie on the floor to anchor us inside. I thought our guards did a pretty good job with turnovers against their pressure defense, but we let their pressure really dictate the tempo in the first half which affected our shooting and shot selection."
Despite the struggled inside, the Maple Leafs were able to keep the deficit near 10 points until Walsh closed out the half on a 17-4 run. The story was similar in the second half as Goshen held the deficit pretty well in check until the final minutes.
"I thought Jenna Rusmisel did a really nice job tonight with the ball in that she didn't get rattled and she got into the lane off the dribble," Wiktorowski explained as he evaluated the night. "Lindsay Gangloff gave us a lot of energy as always, and Kaylee Hilliker played with nice consistency and made good decisions."
Gangloff led the Maple Leafs (1-4) with a game-high 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while Rusmisel added nine as an impressive 11 different Goshen players entered the scoring column.
Katie Berry led four Walsh players in double figures with 16 points on just seven field goal attempts.
The Maple Leafs (1-4) now hit the road for three straight starting with a 6:00 p.m. tilt at Trinity Christian College (Ill.) on Saturday.