MOUNT CARMEL - The Wabash Valley College Women’s basketball team will enter Great Rivers Athletic Conference play undefeated after knocking off rival Vincennes last week, 80-73, in front of the home crowd in Mount Carmel.
“It’s always great to beat Vincennes,” said WVC coach Luke Scheidecker. “They’ve got a really good team. They've nationally ranked it’s always good to get a win, especially at home.”
The Warriors finished with four players in double-figure scoring. Leading the way was the 22 points from Mariah McCully. She was 7-for-13 from the floor and finished with six rebounds.
Gabi Baldridge was 7-for-9 shooting for 15 points and nine board, while Tramauryia Hunter and Rudy Angok each finished with 11 points, respectively.
“We have a lot of good players,” said Scheidecker. “On any given night, somebody might go for 20 and the next night it’s someone else. Three of the girls that were in double figures our last game were in single figures this game. We don’t know who is going to go off. That’s the good thing about our team that we can score in a variety of ways.”
Wabash Valley led 23-20 at the end of the first quarter and 40-33 at the break. In the third quarter, a layup from Mariah McCully put WVC up 46-33 with 7:49 left in the third quarter.
Later, another layup from McCully gave the Warriors a 40-33 lead, which they held heading into the fourth and final quarter.
“I thought our post play inside dictated the game,” said Scheidecker. “I thought we had our way inside for the most part. That’s what we want. We’ve got two really good bigs. We want to throw it inside to them and let them make plays and they did.”
In the fourth quarter, Angok hit from inside to put the Warriors up 53-46. Gabi Baldridge also scored inside, while Mccully added a free throw to give WVC a 49-37 lead with 2:52 left in the game.
“We always want to attack,” said Scheidecker. “We play an aggressive attacking style. That’s kind of what we want to do, especially when they were pressing to let us get open to the rim. Our guards are pretty good. When they do that they’re going to get good looks.”
Vincennes made it close down the stretch, but the Warriors managed to hold them off for the victory.
“We made it interesting by not making our free throws,” said Scheidecker. “That’s part of growing up a little bit. Our composure what good. We only had one turnover, so we took care of it down the stretch to get it done.”
The Warriors travel to Olney on Tuesday.