Marietta College women, men fall to Baldwin-Wallace

If Marietta College had had four other players like Candice Alexander on the floor, things might have been different.

The 5-foot-10 sophomore scored a game-high 15 points, and was the lone bright spot in MC’s 66-38 setback to Baldwin-Wallace in an Ohio Athletic Conference women’s basketball game at Ban Johnson Arena Saturday.

“When we were struggling on offense, I attacked the basket,” said Alexander, who was averaging 9.9 points per game going into the contest. “I did my best, but it’s a team game.”

No other Marietta cager scored in double digits. As a team, the Lady Pioneers shot 25.9 percent (15 of 58) from the field, 12.5 percent (2-16), and 35.3 percent (6-17) from the charity stripe.

“She (Alexander) came to play, but unfortunately, it’s not a one-person game,” said first-year MC head coach Stacia Shrider, whose Lady Pioneers dropped to 6-7 overall and 1-5 in the OAC. “We need other people to step up. I’m very proud of her effort.”

Marietta was playing its first home game since Dec. 8, 2012.

Cheri Harrer-coached Baldwin-Wallace, which improved to 7-6 and 3-4, was paced by Jessica Carpenter’s 15 points. Non-starter Shari Mangas added 10 markers, and Natalie Smoli netted nine.

Both schools had a cold, shooting touch after the opening tip-off. B-W got on the board first at the 17:50 mark, while MC didn’t score until Heather Booth’s jumper 4 minutes and 15 seconds into the game.

Turns out, that was Booth’s only points. Going in, the former Frontier standout was leading the Lady Pioneers with an average of 11.8 ppg.

After Booth’s bucket, MC had an 8-0 run on points by Alexander, Shelby Maloney, Sierra Sigman and Krissy Rowe, and led 10-7.

But the Yellow Jackets answered that with a run of their own, scoring 14 unanswered points to regain the advantage, 21-10.

“The did have a big run that we couldn’t contain, but we weren’t making shots that we should have been making in the first half,” Shrider said. “We were getting layups and 10-12-foot shots that we need to be able to make in order to compete in this conference. We didn’t make them, and that hurt us in the long run.”

Battling back, late in the first half, Bailey Topf and Alexander drained threes to reduce the deficit to 27-20, also the score at the intermission.

Going into the locker room, Marietta was averaging a point a minute. After the break, it would average less than a point as Baldwin-Wallace slowly but surely stretched its lead and won going away.

“We competed that first half, but in the second half, we were just very soft, physically and mentally,” Shrider said. “We didn’t did what we wanted to do defensively. We were leaving them wide open, and anybody can make a wide open shot.

“Offensively, we settled for passing around the perimeter, and not attacking. I’m just very disappointed with our lack of effort and how mentally weak we are right now.”

Marietta is scheduled to play at Mount Union Wednesday.

“We’ve got to re-focus for Mount Union,” Shrider said. “That’ll be another tough one for us, traveling to Alliance.”

Men

Baldwin-Wallace 94, Marietta 71

BEREA – Chris Ameen led all scorers with 18 points as Baldwin-Wallace gave Marietta College its first Ohio Athletic Conference setback after posting a 94-71 victory on Saturday afternoon.

B-W (9-4, 4-2) also received 17 points from Kyle Payne and 15 more from Kevin Krakowiak.

Marietta College, now 9-4 overall and 5-1 in the OAC, trailed 46-35 at halftime and allowed B-W to shoot 61 percent from the floor.

The Pioneers, who play host Wednesday to Mount Union, had a trio of players finish in double figures – Jason Humphrey (16), JJ Martin (10) and Matt Napier (10).