Photo by Megan Miller

The Otterbein women’s basketball team honored its seniors Saturday afternoon with a 90-60 win over Muskingum inside the Rike Center. The Cardinals led from the start of the game and never fell behind on their way to a conference victory. 

Otterbein completed a season sweep of Muskingum and now improves to 15-8 overall and 11-5 in conference action. Muskingum drops to 1-22 overall and 0-16 in the league. The Cardinals remain tied for second place in the Ohio Athletic Conference with Baldwin Wallace.

The top four scorers paced the Cardinals, combining for a collective 65 points. Dani Kissel was the leading scorer with a game-high 21 points. Other leading scorers included seniors Ali Cartnal with 20 points and Alex Schaffer with 14 points.

Otterbein started the game off with a fast-paced offensive attack, amassing a double-digit lead at the 2:04 mark of the first quarter. The Cardinals would lead 24-11 going into the second quarter.

          

The Cardinals continued to expand the point gap in the first half, leading by as many as 29 points (44-15) in the second quarter. The home team went into the locker room with a 46-23 lead. 

Otterbein’s offense continued to shine moving past intermission. Cartnal connected on a three-pointer at the 5:29 mark of the third quarter to give the Cardinals a 61-28 lead, their largest lead of the game. 

The five seniors were taken out of the game with a little over four minutes left to play. Fans collectively cheered them on.

          

Otterbein took advantage of Muskingum turnovers in holding a 23-9 advantage in points off of turnovers. The Cardinals led the fast break points in outscoring the visitors 32-4.

Otterbein will now travel to take on first place John Carroll University Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.