BEREA, Ohio – It was a rough night for the Defiance College women's basketball team, as the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin-Wallace took care of business at home by a score of 87-55. DC drops to 1-1 on the year, while B-W ups its record to 3-1.
In the defeat, freshman Kelsey Tietje (Deshler, Ohio/Patrick Henry) chalked up another fantastic performance. The center scored 25 points (9-of-15), while raking in 10 rebounds and a steal. That marks two straight 20-10 double-doubles to open up her collegiate career.
Action didn't start off well for the Purple and Gold, as B-W jumped ahead quickly by a score of 6-15 in just over four minutes. However, a 6-0 run by Defiance cut into the deficit and brought it within three at 12-15.
Unfortunately, DC never again got that close to the host Yellow Jackets. A well-balance offensive attack by the home team began to pull away in the contest, as it with a 7-0 spurt of its own. B-W then took a 37-21 advantage into the locker room at the break.
In the second half, Baldwin-Wallace extended its lead to 21 points within three minutes of intermission. But the Purple and Gold put together one last push on the shoulders of Tietje.
During the 14-3 run by the Yellow Jackets, the Patrick Henry High product recorded nine of the points on four field goals and a make from the charity stripe. A hit from behind the arc from senior Maggie Neanen (Eaton, Ohio/Eaton) trimmed B-W's lead to 45-35.
However, with every attempt Defiance made to get back into the game, Baldwin-Wallace always had an answer. B-W racked off nine-straight points to bring the home lead back up to 54-35 with just over 10 minutes to play.
The host Yellow Jackets cruised through the rest of the contest and come away with an 87-55 over Defiance College in the opening round of the Baldwin-Wallace tournament.
In two games for Tietje, the sensational freshman has now posted averages of 24.5 points (62.1 percent) and 10.5 rebounds to go along with one steal and a block.
Other contributors on the night were Ashley Birchmeier (Vaughnsville, Ohio/Columbus Grove), who totaled eight points and four boards and Neanen, who scored six points on a pair of three pointers.
B-W's offensive attack was just too much for the Purple and Gold, as the home squad had eight different players account for five or more points.
After shooting above 50 percent from both the field and behind the arc against Alma, DC struggled tonight by shooting 20-of-54 (37 percent) inside the three point line and 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) from long range.
Defiance did hold the advantage on the glass, as it outrebounded the Baldwin-Wallace 36-31. But turnovers plagued the Purple and Gold, as they committed 24 to B-W's 13.
DC will now play in the consolation contest tomorrow Saturday, November 23 against Ohio Wesleyan. OWU was defeated by Calvin 70-60 late Friday night in the second matchup of the B-W Tournament. The game is slated to begin at 2 p.m.