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No. 12 Women’s Basketball Defeats Otterbein in Annual Play4Kay Benefit Game

Annual Play4Kay Game (photo courtesy of Jackie Kasai '23)
Annual Play4Kay Game (photo courtesy of Jackie Kasai '23)

BEREA, Ohio – The No. 12 nationally-ranked Baldwin Wallace University women's basketball team hosted Otterbein University for the 2022 Play4Kay Game in Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Cardinals by a 68-48 final score.

The Play 4 Game, that was established in 2007 raises funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in the fight for finding an answer against all cancers affecting women.  If you would like to support the BW women's basketball team its efforts, please visit to make a donation. For more information about the foundation please visit

BW (15-3, 12-1 OAC) was led by senior Academic All-OAC guard Megan Hensel (Upper Sandusky) as she tallied a team high 15 points on the Cardinals (14-6, 8-5 OAC). Hensel also added two steals and two boards. Senior All-OAC and Academic All-OAC forward Lilly Edwards (Dublin/Coffman) notched a double-double, posting 10 points and 13 rebounds. Edwards also added four assists and two steals.

Hensel knocked down a shot from downtown to open today's game. There was a lot of back-and-forth play in the first half as the teams went into the locker room after 20 minutes of play with a thin five-point differential. BW grabbed the 30-25 advantage, shooting 9-24 as a team. Otterbein shot 12-21 in the first half, but the Yellow Jackets earned the edge on the boards (15-12) and hit three three-pointers to Otterbein's 0. 

It was another strong defensive effort from the Yellow Jackets in the second half, holding Otterbein to just one basket for 7:38 in the third quarter. In turn, fueling their offense, BW outscored the Cardinals 20-8 in the third to grab the 50-33 lead heading into the last ten minutes. Grabbing the edge in the fourth quarter as well, the Yellow Jackets notched 18 points to Otterbein's 15 total. BW walked away with the huge 68-48 win.

Otterbein was led by graduate student All-OAC guard Angelia Jackson as she totaled a game high 15 points. Jackson also tallied four boards and two steals. 

Freshman guard Emily Irwin (Pickerington/Watkins Memorial) posted nine points and went 4-4 from the charity stripe. Senior Academic All-OAC forward Megan Scheibelhut (Avon Lake/Elyria Catholic) finished with six points, six rebounds, and three blocks. Sophomore forward Kira Philpot (Cuyahoga Falls/Stow) added six points and four rebounds for BW.

The Yellow Jackets return to play Wednesday, February 9 as they travel to Ada, Ohio for a big OAC matchup against Ohio Northern University. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. inside the ONU Sports Center.