Bethany survives GCC rally, earns top seed

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BETHANY, WV, February 16, 2002--The Grove City Lady Wolverines cut a 20-point deficit to one, but couldn't overtake the host Bethany Bison, who secured the top seed and right to host the 2002 Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship Tournament with a 71-65 victory Saturday at Hummel Field House in Bethany, WV.

Grove City (13-11, 5-3 PAC), who claimed the second seed, will meet third-seeded Washington & Jefferson in the semifinals next Friday at Bethany.  Bethany (19-6, 6-2 PAC) will host Friday's other semifinal against the winner of Tuesday's play-in between fourth-seeded Thiel and fifth-seeded Waynesburg.

Bethany stormed to a 26-6 lead before Grove City began its slow charge back.  The Lady Wolverines used a 14-0 run to claw within eight points, 32-24, before heading to intermission down 35-24. 

The Bison opened the second half with a 7-0 spurt to build its lead to 18, 42-24, but Grove City never relented.  The Lady Wolverines knocked down several three-pointers to cut the lead back to single digits and, with 4:28 left, sophomore Leigh Legare (Copperas Cove, TX/Copperas Cove) laid in a basket from the left block to cut the deficit to one, 59-58.  Bethany, however, recovered with a 6-0 run and held on down the stretch.

Senior Stephanie Murphy (Munroe Falls, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls) led three Lady Wolverines in double figures with 14 points.  LeGare finished with 13 points, all in the second half, while junior Jessica Jenkins (Conneautville, PA/Cambridge Springs) tossed in 11, all in the first half.

Bethany's Kiki Cohen poured in a game-high 23 points, including four three-pointers.  

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