Box Score March 1, 2003
Lady Wolverines drop conference title game to Wash. and Jeff.
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Host Washington and Jefferson (23-1) secured the Presidents' Athletic Conference women's basketball championship with a 72-63 victory over Grove City at the Henry Memorial Center Saturday evening in the finals of the PAC post-season tournament.
Grove City (12-14) pulled ahead of the nationally-ranked Presidents, 59-58, with 8:22 left on a jumper from sophomore guard Rachel Romance (East Springfield, Pa./Northwestern). However, the Presidents countered with an 8-2 spurt that put them in control for good. The Lady Wolverines went the final 5:50 without a field goal, hurting their shot at the conference title.
The Lady Wolverines charged out to a 9-0 lead as Cara Denniston (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) drained a jumper while Abby Moose (New Wilmington, Pa./Mercer) added back-to-back field goals. A three-point play from Leigh LeGare (Copperas Cove, Texas/Copperas Cove) capped the fast start. LeGare led Grove City with 16 points and nine rebounds while senior Christy Faller (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) added 14 in her final game for Grove City.
Washington and Jefferson, the top-ranked team in the Great Lakes region, took its first lead on a jumper by Amanda Stanonik, who led all scorers with 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting.
The teams swapped the lead repeatedly through the first half before a layup by freshman forward Kristen Over (Shippenville, Pa./Keystone) late in the first half knotted the game at 37 after 20 minutes.
Grove City held PAC player of the year Leigh Sulkowski to just eight points, 12 below her average. Grove City shot 20 of 24 (83 percent) at the line while the Presidents made 20 of 25 foul shots.
Denniston played in her 106th consecutive game, extending her own College record. Faller, Denniston and Sarah Bailey (Baltimore, Md./CHEN) will graduate from the program.
Grove City closed the season with 11 wins in its last 16 games after a 1-9 start.
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