Ali Cartnal’s two free throws late in overtime Wednesday lifted Otterbein to a 75-74 win over Wilmington College in an Ohio Athletic Conference women’s basketball game at Hermann Court’s Fred Raizk Arena.
The loss puts the WC women at 7-15 overall, 4-11 in the OAC. The Cardinals improve to 12-10, 7-8.
Brittaney Jefferson and Mckenzie Campbell led Wilmington with 17 points each. Ellie Kivell chipped in with 11 points.
Taylor Pifher came off the Otterbein bench to lead the visitors with 17 points.
It was a tight game throughout. Wilmington’s biggest lead was five in the third quarter while Otterbein’s largest advantage was four in the second quarter.
At the quarter breaks it was 17-15 OU, 33-31 OU, 48-46 OU and then 63-63 at the end of the fourth quarter.
Mary Moyer led Wilmington with nine rebounds. The Clinton-Massie High School grad also had two assists. Emily Smith had seven rebounds and three assists. Jefferson led with three steals.
In overtime, Campbell and Smith converted early baskets to give WC a 67-63 advantage. But Cartnal hit a three-pointer to make it a one-point game.
After Otterbein took a 70-68 lead, Jefferson tied the game on a layup and Campbell put WC on top with a pair of free throws with 18 seconds to go.
Cartnal was then fouled with two seconds to play on a three-point shot. She missed the first free throw but made the next two to give the Cardinals the win.