ASHLAND, Ohio — 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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