Cedarville ends 37-game home winning streak for KWC women’s basketball

Cedarville ends 37-game home winning streak for KWC women’s basketball

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - The Kentucky Wesleyan College women’s basketball team saw their 37 game home winning streak come to an end on Saturday, falling 81-75 to Cedarville University in Great Midwest Athletic Conference action at The Owensboro Sportscenter.

The 37 home game win streak finishes as the longest home win streak in program history, dating back to February 2018. It also was the fifth longest active streak in all division of NCAA women’s basketball behind Baylor, Iowa, Lubbock Christian and Drury.

Wesleyan trailed early until back-to-back lay ups from Cali Nolot and a pair of free throws from Kaylee Willis gave them their first lead of the game at 13-12. Jordyn Barga beat the buzzer with a three on the assist from Lilly Miller, putting Wesleyan ahead 18-15.

The Panthers took an 8-0 run in the second frame, establishing a 22-15 lead for their largest lead of the game. Cedarville shot 50% from three point range in the second allowing them to take a 32-31 lead to the break.

The Yellow Jackets scored the first basket of the second half to go ahead by four. From there, neither team led by more than two as the third quarter saw five different lead changes.

Wesleyan knocked back five three’s in the final 90 seconds. Shiya Hoosier cut the deficit to five with less than one minute remaining. Emma Johnson swished back-to-back three’s in the final seconds, cutting the Panthers deficit to five. Cedarville converted both free throws at the 0:16 mark to regain a seven point lead. Leah Richardson made a three with 0:03 remaining to make it a four-point game, but the Yellow Jackets sealed their win with a pair of free throws right after.

Cedarville hardly missed a shot in the final quarter, shooting 5-6 from three point range and 8-13 from the floor. Wesleyan knocked back eight three’s on 13 attempts.

Richardson led the Panthers with 14 points followed by Johnson at 9. Miller finished with 9 points as well plus five assists and three steals. Willis grabbed a team-high five rebounds.

The Panthers hit the road next week for a pair of G-MAC contests. Wesleyan will take on Ursuline on Thursday followed by Ohio Valley on Saturday.

Courtesy: Kentucky Wesleyan Athletics

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