OAC quarterfinals: MC women beat Capital, look to upset top-seeded BW
Marietta College’s seniors came to the rescue.
Marlo Taylor scored 18 points and Alexis Enochs 13 as the fourth-seeded Pioneers rallied from a four-point halftime deficit to defeat fifth-seeded Capital University, 53-49, Tuesday night in an OAC Tournament quarterfinal women’s basketball game at Ban Johnson Arena.
MC non-starter Jill Congrove chipped in with nine markers.
“It’s a big comeback,” said Taylor, who also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. “Being seniors, me and Alexis wanted an extra game.”
Marietta (14-12) is now scheduled to play at nationally 10th-ranked Baldwin Wallace (24-2) at 7 p.m. Thursday in a semifinal game. During regular-season play, the Pioneers were 0-2 against the Yellow Jackets.
“We’re going to have to defend the 3-point line better,” said Pioneer boss Kole Vivian. “When we played them up there (in Berea), I think they made 16 on us.
“We’re going to go up there and see what we can do.”
Capital (14-12) was paced by Cassidy Bosch’s 13 points and nine boards. Elli Wachtman added 10 markers while Regan Stonerock netted seven points and collected nine caroms. The Crusaders were 0-2 against the Pioneer in the regular season.
“Beating Capital three times says a lot about how our kids have grown up,” Vivian said.
During the quarterfinal tilt, there were eight ties and five lead changes.
Marietta went 0-9 from the field in the first quarter and trailed 10-5. All of the Pioneer points came from the foul line.
“We got off to a very slow start,” Taylor said. “I was getting a little worried that we weren’t going to score in that first quarter. But we finally got one to go, and they started to fall.”
Congrove drained a 3 at the 7:43 mark of the second period for MC’s first field goal of the game, reducing the deficit to 13-12.
“Capital wasn’t making their shots, either,” Vivian said. “And we did a good job at the foul line.
At the 5:37 mark in the second, Camille Cummins converted a pair at the line to give the Pioneers a 16-15 lead. But Cap regained the advantage and led 26-22 at the intermission.
In the third quarter, Marietta, sparked by Taylor and Enochs, grabbed the lead near the 5-minute mark, and had a 38-35 advantage going into the fourth quarter.
The final period was tight the entire eight minutes until Enochs drained a 3, making it 49-45 MC.
With about 4 seconds left, Taylor made a pair at the line to help seal the victory.
“We just had to grind it out,” Vivian said.
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