December 2, 2003

Balance lifts Grove City to 61-48 win at CMU

PITTSBURGH -- Three Grove City players scored 10 points each Tuesday night as the Grove City College women's basketball team recorded a 61-48 win over Carnegie Mellon at Skibo Gymnasium.

Junior guard Jocelyn Kempema (Fort Atkinson, Wisc./Edgewood) sparked Grove City with a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double while junior guard Abby Moose (New Wilmington, Pa./Mercer) and junior center Sandy O'Keefe (Perry, Ohio/Perry) each fired in 10 points as Grove City improved to 3-0 for the first time since the 1982-83 season. That year, Grove City started 10-0 and eventually qualified for the NCAA Tournament.

Grove City trailed 27-25 at halftime but surged ahead in the second half with an 18-3 run during the middle portion of the period. O'Keefe started the run with a jumper while junior guard Rachel Romance (East Springfield, Pa./Northwestern) and Moose swished consecutive three-point goals. Sophomores Tammy Hess (Vintondale, Pa./United) and Kellie Kepple (Chicora, Pa./Karns City) capped the rally with consecutive baskets. 

Carnegie Mellon (2-3) whittled the lead to 51-48 with three minutes left but Grove City put the game away by scoring the final 10 points of the game. Senior forward Misty Wadowsky (Portersville, Pa./Slippery Rock) scored off an offensive rebound while Romance scored a pair of baskets in a 35-second span. 

Nine different Grove City players scored. Grove City also dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Tartans, 48-33. Romance, Wadowsky and senior Leigh LeGare (Copperas Cove, Texas/Copperas Cove) all had six rebounds. O'Keefe also blocked three shots while Kepple had a team-high three assists.

Carnegie Mellon sophomore Ashley Mazziotta led all scorers with 15 points. Grove City limited CMU to 7-for-24 (29 percent) shooting in the second half. 

Grove City hosts nationally-ranked Baldwin-Wallace Thursday night at 7 p.m.

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