CEDARVILLE, OH (WFIE) - The Kentucky Wesleyan College women's basketball team suffered their first Great Midwest Athletic Conference loss of the season on Saturday, falling to Cedarville by a tally of 89-78. The back and forth battle saw nine lead changes with neither team gaining a lead of more than six points until midway through the final quarter.
The Panthers (4-3, 2-1) controlled the first quarter, holding a 20-16 lead at the buzzer. Kaylee Clifford opened the game with a lay up before Jenna Martin and Keelie Lamb both scored five points in the first frame.
Cali Nolot converted a lay up at the 9:15 mark of the second to give Wesleyan a six point lead which would be their largest lead of the game. Wesleyan maintained the lead until a pair of free throws with under three minutes remaining gave the Yellow Jackets a one-point lead. Lamb, Richardson and Lily Grimes combined for seven points in the closing three minutes as Cedarville took a 41-39 lead to the break.
Back-to-back lay ups from Kelsey Ivers kept it a three-point game in the third. Cedarville tried to pull away but Martin halted the Yellow Jackets with a three pointer followed by a jump shot from Clifford in the paint to hold the deficit at one. Wesleyan regained a three-point lead after a lay up from Nolot but the Yellow Jackets were quick to take it back with a 61-58 lead entering the final frame.
Wesleyan trimmed Cedarville's lead to three midway through the fourth but the Yellow Jackets pulled away with a 8-0 run to take the game 89-78.
Four Panthers reached doubled figures in scoring in Martin (16), Lamb (14), Ivers (13) and Clifford (12). Ivers led the Panthers with six rebounds while Grimes dished out four assists. Wesleyan dominated the paint, outscoring the Yellow Jackets 40 to 28.
The Panthers return home this week to host Walsh University on Thursday and Malone University on Saturday in a pair of G-MAC games at the Owensboro Sportscenter.