W&J holds on to beat Grove City, 57-49


GROVE CITY, PA, February 9, 2002--Freshman guard Abby Moose (Mercer, PA/Mercer) scored 10 points in a two-minute span to help cut a 15-point deficit to three, but visiting Washington & Jefferson used 19-for-21 shooting from the free-throw line to defeat Grove City, 57-49, at the College Arena.

With the loss, the Lady Wolverines surrendered first place in the Presidents' Athletic Conference for the first time this season, falling to 5-2 in the league, 11-10 overall.  W&J improved to 4-3 in the PAC, 10-11 overall.

Point guard Shawndra McDonald fired in a game-high 18 points for the Presidents and added six rebounds and six steals.  Forward Lauren Hull grabbed a game-high 10 boards.

Moose scored 13 points to lead Grove City, while forward Jessica Jenkins (Conneautville, PA/Cambridge Springs) tossed in 10 points.  Forward Misty Wadowsky (Slippery Rock, PA/Slippery Rock) pulled down a team-best seven rebounds.

Grove City shot 32 percent from the floor (19-for-59) and committed 24 turnovers.  The Lady Wolverines coerced 28 W&J turnovers.  

W&J led at halftime, 26-19, and extended its cushion to 15 points (38-23) with 12:52 left before Grove City mounted a rally.  Guard Cara Denniston (Grove City, PA/Grove City) contributed five points to a 20-7 run that ended with Moose hitting two three-pointers, a pair of free throws and a lay-up.

The Presidents maintained at least a five-point edge over the final six minutes.

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