Lady Quakers romp past Heidelberg
WC wins, 77-53
January 21, 2012
Spencer Robles (at left) scored career-high 12 points in Wilmington's win over Heidelberg.
Wilmington College emphatically ended a three-game losing streak with a 77-53 romp past Heidelberg in Ohio Athletic Conference action at Fred Raizk Arena Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Quakers are now 5-5 in the OAC, 10-7 overall. Heidelberg drops to 1-9 in the conference, 4-13 for the season.
“Heidelberg has been playing very well against really good teams and coming up a little bit short. We haven’t been playing very well and really needed to get it turned around today. I was happy with how we came out and competed, defended and made some shots,” Wilmington head coach Jerry Scheve said.
The game was filled with highlights, but was void of suspense as the Lady Quakers bolted to an early 18-2 lead and never looked back.
Freshman Spencer Robles (Clyde) fueled Wilmington’s first-half explosion by hitting four shots from downtown. At the break, Robles had career-high 12 points and Wilmington had opened up a 41-25 lead.
“Spencer has been practicing well and we know she can shoot the ball,” Scheve said. “She has shot the ball well in some JV games, and we expect her to shoot the ball well at this level, too.”
Heidelberg did not threaten in the second half as Wilmington kept the foot on the pedal, extending its advantage to 59-31 when McKenzie Kilburn (Huber Heights/Wayne) scored off a Shelby Kies (Maineville/Kings) assist with 14:01 to play.
Robles was the only Lady Quaker who hit double figures, but 14 of the 18 players who saw action hit the scoring column. Bethany Ahrens (Versailles) scored nine points while Kies and Emily Zimmerman (Beavercreek) added eight each.
Wilmington’s bench contributed 46 points and 27 rebounds.
“This was a total team effort,” Scheve said. “We went to some kids in the first half who have not played much. Kids like Jess Rebert, Bethany Ahrens and Chelsea Meckstroth came in and really gave us a big lift.”
Heidelberg’s Emily Giel led all scorers with 14 points while OAC scoring leader Kathleen Phillips was held to a single first-half free throw.
“I was really pleased with our defensive effort,” Scheve said. “Bria Eslick did a great job of taking Phillips out of her rhythm and slowed her down. Overall, we gave a good team effort, defensively. We need to rely on scouting reports, and today we followed our scouting report.”
Wilmington will travel to Bexley to face Capital Wednesday.