by Tim Miller
The Cedarville Lady Jackets (14-3, 9-2 G-MAC) earned a huge road victory over the Ursuline Arrows (13-6, 10-3 G-MAC) on Saturday afternoon, 66-63. The win allowed the Lady Jackets to pass Ursuline in the conference standings, as Cedarville now sits at No. 2 in the G-MAC.
Freshman guard Ashlyn Huffman attacked the basket with ferocity to lead the Lady Jackets in scoring with 18 points. Huffman also grabbed five rebounds and dished three assists. Junior guard Baylee Bennett totaled 16 points on 4-8 shooting from behind the 3-point line.
Ursuline jumped to an 8-3 lead early in the first quarter, but Cedarville erased the deficit and closed the first quarter with a 21-16 lead. The Lady Jackets never lost their lead in the first half, but the Arrows closed in on Cedarville late in the first half. Cedarville went into the locker room gripping a 31-26 lead.
Cedarville never trailed in the third quarter, but Ursuline managed to tie the game multiple times in the final minutes. After three frames, Cedarville and Ursuline were tied at 48.
The two teams battled in the final quarter, as the contest was never separated by more than four points.
Huffman netted a jumper to give Cedarville a 59-57 lead with 1:22 left. The Lady Jackets held the lead to close the game, but had to fight off many pesky runs by the Arrows.
Bennett made two free throws with under 10 seconds left to give Cedarville a 66-63 lead. After the inbound, Ursuline missed a deep triple attempt that would have tied the game.
The Lady Jackets travel to Painesville, Ohio on Thursday to take on the Lake Erie Storm (9-8, 5-6 G-MAC). The matchup will be the first of two scheduled games between the schools this season.
Tim Miller is a sophomore marketing major and sports editor for Cedars. He enjoys having a baby face, sipping Dunkin Donuts coffee and striving to be the optimal combination of Dwight Schrute and Ron Swanson.