Women’s basketball avenge rivalry loss in OAC tournament win

Nearly a week after suffering an upset loss to crosstown rivals John Carroll, a win over the Blue Streaks saw BW advance to the OAC semifinals.

Six days after John Carroll University found a way to upset the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets women’s basketball team at Moran Court, BW has returned the favor erased that heartbreaking result with an OAC tournament victory.

With the help of everybody on the roster scoring except two players, the Yellow Jackets got revenge with a 73-62 win over the Blue Streaks. BW won the rubber match against JCU and won the most important game of the season so far: a win in the OAC quarterfinals.

“I just practice a lot, everyday I practice foul shots,” said guard Megan Hensel, a graduate student. “Coach makes us practice at the end of games with ten in a row. So building my confidence in the last few years and seeing my teammates have confidence in me, my coaches have confidence in me to give me the ball at the end of the game.”

Hensel had herself a dandy of a game. She made four field goals, with one of them being a clutch three pointer, but the main story about her was her free throws. Hensel made all but one free throw and was the game’s highest scorer with 18 points. She also had six rebounds, two steals and one block during the contest.

However, the game wasn’t all easy for the Yellow Jackets. Things started off slowly as they were trailing 15-9 after the first quarter, which included an 8-0 run for the Blue Streaks.

32 of the Jackets’ points came from the bench, with junior guard Carolyn Wochele scoring 15 points. Wochele made three threes Tuesday and the Yellow Jackets outscored the Streaks in each of the contest’s final three quarters.

The next team up for the Jackets tomorrow night is Marietta. The Pioneers will host BW in the OAC semifinals as the Yellow Jackets look to continue their two-game winning streak and keep the momentum going for the NCAA Div. III tournament. While the Jackets have never reached the Final Four in their history, this team is aiming to be the first in BW history to do so.