Local prep teammates help OSU, Notre Dame win conference titles


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Stars of Fairmont’s 2013 girls state championship basketball team included Kathryn Westbeld (kneeling, far left), Chelsea Welch (kneeling, middle), and Makayla Waterman (kneeling, second from right). FILE

UPDATE: Fairmont grads wrap up regular season in style

• Ohio State’s women’s basketball team pounded Penn State, 89-64, to clinch the Big Ten regular-season championship Sunday. Makayla Waterman had eight points and six rebounds in the win.

• Notre Dame handled No. 21 N.C. State, 86-67, to clinch a tie for the ACC regular-season title with Louisville. ND senior Kathryn Westbeld had a strong all-around game, with 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting, plus six rebounds, four assists and two steals.

** Wright State posted a comfortable road win over Illinois-Chicago, winning 80-53 to finish the regular season 21-9. Senior Chelsea Welch posted 27 points, seven steals, five rebounds and four assists.


FIRST STORY: Local stars play back-to-back on ESPN Sunday

Five years after they helped lead Kettering Fairmont High School to a state basketball championship, Kathryn Westbeld and Makayla Waterman will play their college regular-season finales Sunday on national TV.

Waterman’s 14th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes go on the road to play Penn State, in a game televised by ESPN2 at noon. Waterman, a redshirt junior, is back on the court after a scary neck injury a few weeks ago, and is averaging 3.0 points and 3.8 rebounds off the bench. OSU can wrap up the Big Ten regular-season title with a win.

For Westbeld, Sunday marks Senior Day at Notre Dame, with a 2 p.m. ESPN2 game vs. No. 21 North Carolina State. Westbeld, who averages 7.7 points and 5.6 rebounds, hit the 1,000-point mark in her Notre Dame career in Thursday night’s home win over Virginia Tech. Notre Dame is ranked No. 5 in the nation and can clinch a tie for the ACC regular-season crown with a win.

Fairmont made it to four straight state Final Fours earlier this decade. The other top star of those teams, Chelsea Welch, also plays her final regular-season game at 2 p.m. Sunday for Wright State. The Raiders, 20-9 this year, go on the road to face struggling Illinois-Chicago. Welch, a senior, leads WSU with 21 points per game.

Ohio State, Notre Dame and Wright State will all play their conference tournaments next weekend.

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