Sophomore post Emily Julius (Avon) scored 6 points during a 12-0 second-half run that gave Ohio Wesleyan a 14-point lead, and the Bishops withstood a furious Defiance rally to edge the Yellow Jackets 70-68 in the consolation game of the BW Invitational, hosted by Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday in Berea.
Defiance threatened to run off with the game during the first half, assembling a 13-0 run that included 7 points by Kelsey Tietje. Kim Bingley’s lay-in gave the Yellow Jackets a 31-21 lead with 2:24 left in the period.
The Bishops stormed back to tie the game in the waning moments of the half, collecting a pair of Julius free throws, a steal and lay-in by junior guard Sarah McQuade (Dublin/Coffman), a pair of free throws and then a steal and lay-in from freshman guard Megan Kuether (Osgood/Marion Local). Julius followed with a lay-in that evened the score at 31 with :31 remaining, and Kuether beat the buzzer with a lay-in that gave Ohio Wesleyan a 33-31 lead at the break.
Julius continued the Bishop run by opening the second-half scoring with a lay-in, and Ohio Wesleyan still led, 51-49, with 8:06 left in regulation time.
Julius kicked off the Bishops’ 12-0 run with a pair of free throws, and after a 3-pointer from sophomore guard Hanna Fedorka (North Canton/Massillon Jackson), back-to-back Julius lay-ins pushed the Ohio Wesleyan lead into double digits. Senior wing Julia Grimsley (Alliance) capped the run with a 3-pointer that gave the Bishops a 63-49 lead with 4:59 to go.
The Yellow Jackets rallied with a 3-pointer and a basket from Ashley Birchmeier, a pair of baskets by Tietje, and a lay-in by Kim Bingley. Tietje’s lay-in brought Defiance within 65-63 with :56 left.
Junior post LaNiece McRae (Youngstown/Chaney) sank a jumper from the lane with :41 left to end Defiance’s 11-0 run, but the Yellow Jackets got a pair of free throws by Erica King to pull within 2 points, and after Kuether hit a pair of free throws at the :20 mark, a King 3-pointer brought Defiance within 69-68 with :08 to go.
McQuade was fouled with :03 left and hit the first of 2 free throws for the 70-68 final.
Julius led the Bishops with 20 points. McRae added 12 points and led the Bishops with 6 rebounds, and Grimsley scored 10 points. McQuade distributed a game-best 10 assists.
Tietje led Defiance with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
McQuade represented the Bishops on the all-tournament team.
Senior post Reuel Rogers (Columbus/Bexley) hit a pair of 3-pointers during an early second-half run that put the Ohio Wesleyan men’s basketball team ahead to stay, and senior guard Taylor Rieger (Lewis Center/Olentangy Orange) scored 20 points during the second half alone to keep the Bishops in front as Ohio Wesleyan defeated Trinity 75-64 in the annual Hoopsville National Invitational Tournament, hosted by Stevenson University on Saturday in Owings Mills, Md.
The teams were tied, 24-24, at halftime before senior wing Dre White (Lima/Bath) opened the second-half scoring with a lay-in and Rogers followed with consecutive 3-pointers. Freshman guard Seth Clark (Lewis Center/Olentangy) followed with a trifecta to cap an 11-3 run that gave the Bishops a 35-27 lead.
The Tigers clawed back behind the scoring of Robert Kitzinger, who connected on a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to bring Trinity within 35-34 at the 15:09 mark, but Ohio Wesleyan answered with a pair of Rieger 3-pointers and another long-range bomb from sophomore post Matt Jeske (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard South) to move the lead back into double figures at 44-34 in a span of less than 2 minutes.
Another Rieger 3-pointer gave the Bishops a 47-36 edge, but Trinity again made it a one-possession game, with Joe Shotland sinking a 3-pointer and Jonathan Wilt contributing a jumper and a 3-point play to help the Tigers close to within 47-44 at the midway point of the half.
Leading, 52-48, with exactly 8 minutes remaining, the Bishops took off on a 10-0 run that included a Rieger jumper, a 3-pointer by sophomore post Claude Gray (Avon), a Rieger 3-pointer, and a Jeske bucket, with Jeske’s hoop making it a 62-48 game with 4:49 to play.
Matt Hooper’s 3-pointer brought the Tigers within 69-62 with :50 left, but that was as close as Trinity would come.
Rieger led the Bishops with 25 points, matching the career best he set against Allegheny last season. Gray finished with 17 points and Rogers finished with 10 points and a game-high 8 rebounds.
Wilt led Trinity with 14 points.