Photo by Breanna Lothes

 

The Otterbein women’s basketball team lost a tough game to John Carroll Wednesday night in a hard fought battle on the court.

Otterbein started the game strong on the defensive end for the first quarter, and keeping the Streaks to just 11 points, while the Cardinals ended the quarter with 17. 

John Carroll recovered and dominated in the second quarter. Scoring at will, the Streaks took the lead going into halftime after outscoring the Cardinals 25-13 for the quarter. 

          

Otterbein scratched and clawed their way back, bringing the game within five points in the fourth quarter before a late foul would cut their momentum.

John Carroll held on to the lead, sinking free throws in the last minute to pull away with a victory.

Otterbein struggled to rebound and keep the ball out of the paint against the Streaks, giving up 16 second chance points and 32 points in the paint. 

          

The Cardinal offense also failed to capitalize on a turnover happy John Carroll, only managing to score 13 points on a combined 19 turnovers. The Streaks scored 8 points on 9 turnovers. 

Junior forward Abbie Scholz led the charge for Otterbein scoring 17 points with 4 rebounds. Sophomore guard Abby Zerkle contributed another 13 points while shooting 3-3 from beyond the arc and 4-4 from the foul line. 

The Cardinals look ahead to a tough opponent for the last game of the regular season as they take on #12 Baldwin Wallace in Westerville. The game will take place at 3 p.m. in the Rike Center. 

Otterbein is now 12-12 on the season with a 7-10 conference record.