Defiance takes advantage at the foul line in 73-63 win over Beavers
February 16, 2011
By: Mallory Kemper, sports information intern
DEFIANCE, Ohio - The Bluffton University women's basketball team traveled to long-time
rival Defiance College on Wednesday, February 16. The Beavers were down 31-27 at the
break and the Yellow Jackets outscored Bluffton 42-36 in the second half for a 73-63
win. Bluffton fell to 9-15 overall and 6-11 in the Heartland Conference, while Defiance
improved to 11-13 overall and 9-8 in the HCAC.
Senior Kim Miller (Delphos/St. John's) sparked the Bluffton offense with a layin at the 17:33 mark.
A triple from Erica King gave Defiance a 10-5 lead four minutes into the game.
A quick bucket at the other end of the floor by Lauren Hutton (New Riegel) and a Kylee Burkholder (West Unity/Hilltop) jumper pulled the Beavers within one (10-9) with 14:35 left
in the opening half.
For the next five minutes the two rivals traded baskets, but a layin from Hutton and
a Beth Yoder (Marshallville/Smithville) trifecta gave Bluffton the lead, 18-16, at the 9:05 mark.
The Beavers went on an 8-0 run with a triple by Kim Meyer (Millbury/Lake) and a bucket from Miller. The home team fought back with baskets
by Tasha Stucke and Molly Batemen to give the Yellow Jackets a four-point advantage at halftime, 31-27.
Defiance came out ready to play in the second half with a trifecta and a couple of
freebies from Brooke Zachrich. Meyer responded with a triple that brought the Beavers within six (36-30). A layin
by Kim Comden at the 16:47 mark gave Defiance an eight-point cushion, 38-30.
Back-to-back three-pointers from Rachel Ciminillo and King gave Defiance a 14-point spread, 48-34, with 12:51 left. A bucket by Hannah Harshman gave Defiance an 18-point lead before a Brittany Lewis (Springfield/Shawnee) jumper and a layin by Miller trimmed the deficit to 13 (52-39).
For the next six minutes, Defiance kept its lead in double digits with a Harshman
jumper and a bucket from Bateman. A Hutton jumper and a Yoder triple pulled Bluffton
within seven (68-61) with less than two minutes to play. A couple of free throws by
Stucke and a Bateman layin sent the Yellow Jackets to a 73-63 victory in HCAC action.
Bluffton hit 26-of-73 (35.6 percent) from the field, and Defiance made 22-of-57 (43.9
percent). The Beavers only went to the line seven times, compared to 22 attempts for
the Yellow Jackets. Bluffton out-rebounded Defiance 51-34, but turned the ball over
23 times compared to the Yellow Jackets' 15 miscues.
Kim Miller led the Beavers with 15 points, 15 rebounds and five assists for her 13
career double-double. Meyer went 4-of-8 from behind the arc, ending with 12 markers.
Hutton had her first collegiate double-double with 11 counters and 11 boards.
Defiance placed four players in double digits, including Zachrich with 15, Bateman
with 12 and Harshman and Stucke each with 11.
The Bluffton University women's basketball team will end its regular season at Earlham
College on Saturday, February 19. The battle between the Beavers and the Quakers is
slated for 1 p.m.