GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior forward Miracle Walters (Elkin, N.C./Elkin) totaled 16 points, eight rebounds, and five assists, all game highs, to lead Guilford College to a 62-37 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Women’s Basketball Tournament victory over visiting Virginia Wesleyan University Monday night.
With their fifth win in six games, the seventh-seeded Quakers (15-9) advance to a tournament quarterfinal contest with second-seeded Washington and Lee University Thursday (2/26) at the Salem (Va.) Civic Center.
Virginia Wesleyan, seeded 10th in the 10-team tournament field, finished the year with a 6-20 overall record.
The Quakers improved to 10-2 when holding the opponent under 50 points and limited the visitors to under 30 percent field-goal shooting. The defense allowed Guilford to overcome a sluggish offensive start in the first quarter that ended with the Quakers holding a 12-10 lead. Fueled by eight of sophomore Lindsay Gauldin’s (Stokesdale, N.C./Northwest Guilford) 13 points and 10-of-12 free-throw shooting, Guilford outscored Virginia Wesleyan, 20-8, in the second quarter and held a 32-18 halftime lead.
The Quakers held the Marlins scoreless for over a five-minute stretch in the third quarter and built their lead to as many as 30 points in the fourth quarter.
Walters made 8-of-14 shots from the floor and passed Bari Nixon ’97 for 13th place among Guilford’s career scorers with 1,131 points. Gauldin added three steals and five rebounds to her 13 points. Freshman Kristen Roberts (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford) and senior Julie Carini both tallied eight points for the Quakers, who shot over 49 percent from the floor for the fifth time in nine games.
Sabrina Jones led Virginia Wesleyan with 15 points and seven rebounds. Logan Carter made three three-pointers to finish with nine points.
Coach Stephanie Flamini’s Quakers are headed to the ODAC Tournament quarterfinals for the 28th time in 29 years of conference membership.
Courtesy of Dave Walters
Guilford College Athletics