Carpenter Scores 15 as BW Women Beat Marietta, 74-57, in OAC First Round Tourney Game
BEREA, OHIO – Junior forward Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/ Hoover) scored 15 points as the Baldwin Wallace University women’s basketball team beat Marietta College, 74-57, tonight (Monday, February 20, 2012) in a first round Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament game in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center. The Yellow Jackets advance to play No.4-seed Capital University (17-8 overall) tomorrow night, Tuesday, Feb. 21 in Columbus at the Capital Center at 7:30 p.m.
With its win, BW improves to 17-9 overall, beat Marietta two of three times this season and for the 35th time in the last 36 meetings and has won 11 of its past 13 contests. Marietta ends its season at 10-16 overall.
In addition to Carpenter for BW, sophomore forward Lexi Rohrbach (Tiffin/ Columbian) came off the bench to score 13 points and sophomore guard Jessica Lairson (Louisville/ Senior) had 10. Marietta was led by junior forward Aleisha Guiler with a game-high 26 points.
The Pioneers opened the scoring at 19:38 mark when Guiler made a jump shot for a 2-0 lead. BW outscored Marietta 8-4 to take an 8-6 lead when junior point guard Rachel Rossman (Olmsted Falls) assisted on a layup by senior forward Catherine Spisak (Sandusky/ St. Mary’s Central Catholic) at 16:10.
After Simovic made one of two foul shots at 2:35, the Pioneers responded with four straight points to cut the deficit to 28-22 with 56.6 seconds left before halftime. A Carpenter trey at 41.7 seconds and a basket by Simovic with 4.2 seconds remaining sandwiched a pair of Pioneer hoops and BW led 33-24 at halftime.
In the second half, Guiler scored for Marietta at 19:43 but BW went on a 6-0 run to build its lead back to 13 points at 39-26 with 18:01 left when Carpenter canned a pair of charity tosses. Following another Marietta basket, Carpenter canned a triple at 17:29 and two more foul shots at 16:41 and the Jackets led 44-28.
The largest BW lead was 20 points on three separate occasions with the last one at 59-39 with 8:39 left when Rohrbach made a layup. The closest Marietta would get after that was 13 points at 68-55 with 2:09 left when Sigman scored, was fouled but missed the free throw. A Rohrbach free throw at 2:08 and a Rossman basket at 1:29 and two more foul shots at 1:28 ended matters.
Following Tuesday’s games, the OAC Tournament resumes on Thursday, Feb. 23, the No.1-seed the University of Mount Union will host the winner of the BW versus Capital winner in Alliance at 7:30 p.m. and No.2-seed Ohio Northern University hosts the winner of the other semifinal game at 7:30 p.m. The Women’s OAC Championship Game is at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the site of the highest remaining seeded team. The winner of the OAC Tournament receives an automatic berth in next week’s NCAA Division III National Tournament.
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