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No. 5 Ashland women's basketball takes down No. 20 Walsh 73-63 for Great Midwest Athletic Conference tournament title

The Eagles avenged their upset loss to the Cavaliers from last month. Both teams will be headed to the NCAA Division II tourney.
Credit: Ashland University

ASHLAND, Ohio β€” Let there be no doubt left as to the best team in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

Fifth-ranked Ashland took down No. 20 Walsh 73-63 Saturday in the G-MAC Women's Basketball Tournament championship game. It was the third meeting between the two heavyweights this season, and the top-seeded Eagles were able to avenge their upset from last month, when they were the No. 1 team in the country.

Hallie Heidemann led Ashland (28-2) with 21 points and eight rebounds while Stark County native Karlee Pireu added 18 and eight. The Eagles led by as many as 19 in the second half and withstood a late rally in the fourth quarter.

Sha Carter had 23 points and 11 boards for Walsh (26-4), which saw its 18-game winning streak come to an end. The Cavs won the rebounding battle 43-34, but shot just 38% from the field.

Though Ashland earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Division II tournament, Walsh is virtually guaranteed an at-large bid on the strength of its resume. The bracket will be revealed Sunday at 10:30 p.m.

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