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Women's Basketball Defeats Marietta 85-70, Sweeps Season Series

Photo by Lizz Hadley
Photo by Lizz Hadley


WILMINGTON, Ohio – The Wilmington College women's basketball team completed a season sweep of Marietta College on Saturday, claiming an 85-70 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) win at Hermann Court.

The Pioneers jumped out to a 9-2 lead by scoring on 4-of-5 possessions to begin the game. The Quakers didn't take long to battle back, however, as Kennedy Lewis found Michelle Lee for a triple to tie the game 12-12 at the 3:04 mark of the first quarter. Wilmington would go on to score on its final three possessions of the quarter including two layups from McKayla Binkley to hold an 18-14 advantage after 10 minutes.

A Lewis layup and a Kelis Jones free throw opened the second quarter, but Erin Hahn kept Marietta close with three consecutive offensive rebounds and putbacks. The third of these pulled the Pioneers within three points at 23-20. Two-and-a-half minutes later, the Pioneers took a 29-27 lead on a Jordyn Kiser triple.

Neither team would lead by more than a possession until a Hannah Binkley layup put Wilmington up 37-32 with 1:10 to go in the half. Lewis would end the half on a positive note as she found Lee for a layup with three seconds to play, putting the hosts up 42-36 at halftime.

Marietta scored on its first possession of the third quarter, and after a turnover, Wilmington Head Coach Jerry Scheve wasted no time in calling timeout. The Quakers responded with a knock-out punch, a 16-4 run over the next six minutes. The Pioneers would get within single digits just once (77-68 with 2:25 to play, but a Lee layup followed by four straight points from McKayla Binkley sealed the win.

Wilmington finished 30-of-67 (44.8 percent) from the field to go along with a 6-of-17 (35.3 percent) performance from distance. Marietta countered making 22-of-62 (35.5 percent) from the field and 4-of-20 (20.0 percent) from beyond the three-point arc. Both teams attempted 30 free throws with the Pioneers making 22 of their attempts and the Quakers 19. The hosts won the rebounding battle 44-41 and forced 18 turnovers.

McKayla Binkley led all scorers with 25 points and 12 rebounds for yet another double-double. Hannah Binkley added 14 points while Lee and Lewis both scored 11 points. Zahrya Bailey added eight points and five assists off the bench.

Marlo Taylor led the Pioneers with 19 points including a dozen that came from the free throw line. Alexis Enochs and Devin Hefner also scored in double figures for the Pioneers.

Wilmington (11-12, 7-9 OAC), which improved to 11-0 when scoring 80 or more points, hosts Capital University for Senior Night on Wednesday evening.