No. 8 Gannon storms past Walsh 82-60 in last non-conference matchup
NORTH CANTON, Ohio –- Six different Lady Knights hit a 3-pointer and Nettie Blake recorded her seventh career double-double as No. 8 Gannon rolled to an 82-60 victory against Walsh on Saturday.
Gannon extended its current win streak to 10 games during its final non-conference game of the season. The remaining 17 contests will be played against Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) opponents.
The Lady Knights scored the first eight points, starting and ending the burst with 3-pointers from Brittany Batts and Kelsey McCoy. The Lady Knights held the Cavaliers without a field goal until three minutes and 10 seconds had expired.
The Lady Knights drilled their first five 3-point attempts. Following the first two, Jen Papich and Morgan Neighbors hit from behind the arc. Batts then buried another for a 23-10 lead.
Although Gannon finally missed a 3-point attempt at the 11:47 mark, Mollie Sebald stepped up with a pair of baskets. In all, the Lady Knights converted seven of their first eight 3-point attempts.
Despite Gannon raining 3-pointers, Walsh hung tough and remained within 11 points with under two minutes left in the half. But a McCoy triple and a Blake jumper pushed the lead to 41-25. The Lady Knights grabbed their biggest first-half lead at 46-29 following Batts' third long-range bomb of the half with 15 seconds remaining. A Walsh lay-up with five seconds left cut the Gannon lead to 46-31 at the break.
The second half was played on even terms as Gannon used its entire bench. Walsh was able to claw within 57-47 midway through the half, but never cut the deficit to single digits. Leading 72-59, the Lady Knights rattled off seven consecutive points to assume an 82-59 advantage with 1:13 remaining. A final free throw by Walsh made the score 82-60.
Blake recorded her third double-double of the season and seventh of her career with a season-high 17 points and 11 rebounds. Eight of her rebounds came on the offensive glass. Gannon had 25 offensive rebounds as a team, representing the program's most since grabbing 25 during a 71-68 home victory against Hillsdale on January 31, 2004. It was the most on the road since at least the 2001-02 season.
Papich had a team-high 18 points and six rebounds, hitting 7-of-15 shots. Batts rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 points. Kelley Sundberg dished out seven assists compared to only one turnover during 26 minutes at the point.
Gannon shot 42.6 percent (29-68) from the field, 55.6 percent (10-18) from three-point range and 63.6 percent (14-22) from the free throw line. The Lady Knights hit double-digit 3-pointers for the third consecutive game and fifth time this season. It marks the first time the program has performed the feat in three consecutive games since hitting double figures during four consecutive games January 3-14, 2009.
Tracey Payne led all scorers with 26 points for Walsh, aided by an 11-of-15 chart from the free throw line. Whitney Dabbelt added 10 points.
Walsh shot 36.4 percent (20-55) from the floor, 38.5 percent (5-13) from behind the arc and 57.7 percent (15-26) from the charity stripe.