Marietta women fall to Wilmington, 79-72

WILMINGTON — The Marietta College women’s basketball team was in action Saturday, falling to Wilmington 79-72.

Marietta is now 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the OAC.

MC head coach Kole Vivian said, “It wasn’t our best effort as a team, and when you go on the road and play good teams you have to raise your game. Tonight we didn’t do that and we will learn from it and be better because of it. “

The Quakers grabbed a 5-2 lead early in the first quarter. Marietta answered back with a 7-0 run and grabbed a 9-5 edge at the 6:24 mark. The run was propelled by a pair of layups from Shay Lett and Corrie Burkhardt, and capped by a three pointer from Alexis Enochs. Wilmington responded with a 10-0 run to take a 15-9 edge at the 3:35 mark of the first quarter. The Pioneers regained their lead when Cheyenne Barker hit a three pointer, but the Quakers led, 19-16 to enter the second quarter.

Marietta was able to regain its lead early in the second quarter when Lett knocked down a three pointer off a feed from Bailee Brooks.

The middle of the second quarter was a back and forth battle as the game was tied or the lead changed hands seven different times, and remained tied at 28 points apiece at the 5:28 mark of the quarter. The second quarter finished as a hard fought battle, but Wilmington entered the intermission ahead, 39-35.

The Pioneers came out of the locker room ready to play, as they battled to tie the game at 45 points apiece with just over six minutes remaining in the third quarter. Marietta tied the game on a layup from Burkhardt, which forced a Quakers timeout. The teams battled down the stretch in the third quarter but a last minute layup from Jo Herd-Middlebrooks put the Pioneers up, 54-52 at the end of the third quarter.

Marietta carried its momentum over to the fourth quarter as they stretched their lead to 56-52 behind a pair of foul shots from Lett. The Quakers were able to respond with a 6-0 run and take a 60-58 advantage. Marlo Taylor halted the Wilmington run and tied the game at 60 points apiece.

After the Pioneers took a 61-60 edge, the Quakers went on a 7-0 run and took a 67-61 advantage with 4:37 minutes remaining in the game. Marietta was able to trim the Wilmington lead to 70-67, but the Quakers finished the game at the foul line and won, 79-72.

The Pioneers were led by Lett as she scored 22 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and had three steals. Burkhardt pitched in with 12 points, and eight rebounds. Enochs added 11 points, five rebounds, and a block in the game.

Marietta will be back in action Thursday when they travel to face Simpson College at the Cruzin Classic in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.