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Women's Basketball Falls to Marietta in Double Overtime

Photo by Randy Sarvis
Photo by Randy Sarvis

MARIETTA, Ohio - The Wilmington College women's basketball team hit triples late in regulation and in overtime to tie the game, but Marietta College came out on top of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) contest 97-85 in double overtime on Saturday.

Wilmington took a 5-4 lead on an old-fashioned, three-point play from McKayla Binkley at the 7:35 mark of the first quarter. Marietta, playing on its home court for the final time this regular season, answered with a 15-0 run over the next six minutes. A Savannah Hooper triple with a minute to play in the first quarter snapped the scoreless streak, but the Quakers found themselves in a 20-8 hole after 10 minutes.

Five points got the visitors within seven to begin the second quarter, but the Pioneers wouldn't give any more ground and led 35-21 at halftime. Marietta maintained a double-digit lead through the third quarter, but The Quakers got back within striking distance midway through the fourth as another Hooper basket cut the deficit to 51-47.

Wilmington trailed over the final four minutes, but a Mackenzie Campbell triple cut the Marietta lead to one with 37 seconds to play. The Quakers were forced to foul, and the Pioneers made four consecutive free throws with a McKayla Binkley jumper in between. Wilmington got the ball back down 64-61, and a triple from McKayla Binkley sent the game into overtime.

The Pioneers scored the first five points of the first overtime and wouldn't trail the entire five minutes. Similar to the end of regulation, Wilmington was forced to foul, Marietta hit its free throws and the Quakers tied the game with a late triple, this one coming from Brooke Davis, with two seconds left.

Wilmington ran out of gas in the second overtime, however, as Marietta scored the first nine points of the period to seal the win and the Quakers' second overtime defeat in eight days.

Both teams shot between 32-35 percent from the field with Wilmington making four more triples, but the Pioneers converted 35-of-44 (79.5 percent) from the free throw line compared to 21-of-29 (72.4 percent) for the Quakers.

McKayla Binkley led all scorers with a career-high 27 points while Campbell finished with a double-double including 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Marietta was led by Alexis Enochs with 23 points and 20 rebounds off the bench. Corrie Burkhardt also had a double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds.

Wilmington dips to 11-12 overall and 6-10 in OAC play with the loss. The Quakers travel to Capital University for a 7 p.m. contest on Wednesday.