The Cedarville University women’s basketball team hosted the Wilberforce University Bulldogs Thursday night. The Lady Jackets entered the game on a seven game win streak, hoping to crack the USA Today top 25 poll for Division II.
Cedarville took care of business in their quest for the top 25, winning 85-40. They did not make many mistakes in this game. Senior guard Raegan Ryan slashed into the paint to score a tough left-handed lay-up to start things off. The Lady Jackets would go on to score the first five buckets of the game in the paint, and had thirty points just off lay-ups by halftime.
When Cedarville wasn’t pounding the ball inside or fast-breaking for layups, freshman guard Abby Wolford was dialing in from downtown. Wolford displayed a pretty jump-shot, knocking down two long three’s against Wilberforce’s man-to-man defense. Post-players Breanne Watterworth and Kayla Linkous controlled the glass, adding 12 and 10 points apiece, and the Lady Jackets led 52-27 at the half, having shot a blistering 67 percent from the field, compared to the Bulldogs’ 26 percent.
Linkous finished the game with 16 points, which led the team. Watterworth added 15 points and had a game-high eight rebounds. Cedarville’s leading scorer, Reagan Ryan, had six points, but she dished out seven assists. Deborah Gordon, a captain on this year’s team, was perfect from the field, finishing with eight points, two rebounds, two steals and an assist, in only nine minutes of play.
The Lady Jackets are now 18-2 and winners of eight straight. They will host nearby G-MAC foe Central State University this Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Dave Guidone is a junior social studies education major and sports reporter for Cedars. His hobbies include eating, snacking, shooting hoops and laughing. Hebrews 13:8.