February 12, 2005

Grove City shocks Presidents in double overtime

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- A lay-up by freshman forward Rachel McCoy (East Liverpool, Ohio/Beaver Local) with 1.1 seconds left in double overtime helped vault the Grove City College women's basketball team to an 85-83 victory over homestanding Washington and Jefferson in Presidents' Athletic Conference action at the Henry Memorial Center Saturday afternoon.

The victory pulls Grove City (14-8, 6-2 PAC) into a first-place tie with the Presidents (18-5, 6-2 PAC). It is Grove City's sixth straight victory overall and the Wolverines' second straight win at the Henry Memorial Center.

McCoy forced a second overtime by banking in a 35-foot shot as time expired in the first overtime, forging a 74-74 tie. With the game tied at 83, freshman Shannon Overdorff (Eighty Four, Pa./United) found McCoy open inside and the 6-foot freshman scored the eventual game-winner. Washington and Jefferson inbounded the basketball but did not get a shot off.

McCoy finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Senior guard Abby Moose (New Wilmington, Pa./Mercer) fired in a team-high 21 points before fouling out in regulation. Grove City led by as many as 10, 52-42, in the second half before the Presidents battled back. A Dayna Greenfield jumper tied the game at 61 in the final minute. Neither team scored in the final 47 seconds of regulation.

The Presidents led 71-66 with 14 seconds left but Grove City junior Tammy Hess (Vintondale, Pa./United) cut the lead to three with two free throws. Washington and Jefferson's Lauren Slampak split two free throws but McCoy slashed the lead to 72-71 with a three-pointer. Greenfield extended the lead back to 74-71 with four seconds left before McCoy's desperation shot sent the game into a second overtime.

Senior guard Jocelyn Kempema (Fort Atkinson, Wis./Edgewood) added 15 points and four assists while McCoy had five assists. Grove City out-rebounded the Presidents 43-42.

The Wolverines entered the game shooting just 26 percent beyond the three-point line this season but made 9 of 16 three-point attempts Saturday. The game featured 13 ties. Slampak led all scorers with 26 points.

The win streak is Grove City's longest since a six-game win streak in December 2000. Grove City will try to extend the streak to seven Wednesday night at Thiel.

Box Score

GROVE CITY'S TOP 10 SCORING LIST

1-Jody Imbrie (1979-83)        2,288
2-Theresa Berg (1989-93)       1,347
3-Christine Carlson (1987-91)  1,337
4-Beth Lora (1994-98)          1,250
5-Brenda Kanar (1983-87)       1,183
6-Carolyn Cochrane (1985-89)   1,153
7-ABBY MOOSE (2001-present)    1,132
8-Karin Hendrickson (1995-99)  1,081
9-Monica Yustak (1984-87)        960
10-Kathy Hair (1988-92)          929

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