Women facing tough season-ending test

The Jackets were able to finish the month of January above .500 (5-4) with an emphatic 70-45 victory against Ohio Northern University on Jan. 31.

The game was never in question as the Yellow Jackets outscored Ohio Northern in each quarter, allowing them to get 15 different members of the team playing time.

In-line with what has been a winning formula this year, the bench combined to score 33 points. Junior Guard Riley Schill tied a career-high for steals in a game with 5, in addition to scoring 7 points and dishing out 6 assists in only 21 minutes of action.

Dating back to last season, Schill has started 49 consecutive games for the Jackets and continues to play an integral role in the team’s success.

Jesse Kucewicz, The Exponent
Junior guard Riley Schill tied a career high for steals in the game against Ohio Northern. The Jackets are currently tied for second place in the OAC at 17-6.

The Yellow Jackets opened the month of February on the road at the against Wilmington College (10-10).

Trailing by six points with just over two minutes remaining in regulation, the Yellow Jackets were able to rally to force overtime where they stifled Wilmington to just seven points on 30% shooting to escape with a big road win, 78-74.

It has been tough for BW to get wins away from home this season but thanks to a career day by freshman forward Megan Scheibelhut they left Fred Raizk Arena on a happy note.

After accumulating only thirteen total minutes in the previous four games, Scheibelhut took advantage of some extended playing time, amassing career-highs with fourteen points and nine rebounds.

Junior Kasey Hughes, junior Kara Marshall, and freshman Lilly Edwards also contributed double-digit points in a true team win.

Hoping to push their win streak to five games, BW ventured to cross-town rival John Carroll (15-6) in a battle of the top two teams in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

In what ended up as a narrow 64-59 defeat, the Yellow Jackets can point to an abysmal second quarter in which they were outscored 18-7 as a huge missed opportunity.

The group allowed John Carroll to shoot 50% from three-point land in the second quarter while coughing up eight turnovers on offense, which led to a double-digit halftime deficit that proved to be too much to overcome.

The Yellow Jackets were able to recover in the second half to get back in the game, holding John Carroll to just 27% from the field, but another eight offensive turnovers (21 total for the game) proved too costly in the loss.

The Jackets were able to take care of the ball better at home in their most recent game against Capital University (14-7) to emerge victorious with a final score of 63-61.

In this game, it was the Yellow Jackets who had a big second quarter run, shooting an incredible 82% from the field and scoring 21 points to head into the half with a four-point lead.

The second half was a back and forth affair but some strong defense down the stretch kept Capital at bay in their pursuit of an upset.

At 17-6, the Jackets are in second place in the conference standings and find themselves tied for the best overall season record with two games remaining ahead of the OAC Tournament, which begins on Feb. 19.

Nevertheless, the team will be forced to remain focused over the final week of the regular season as they will be tested against two of the better teams in the conference.

The group will travel to the University of Mount Union (17-6) before welcoming Otterbein University (15-8) for Senior and Parents Day in Berea on Feb. 16.