March 2, 2005

DeSales tops Grove City, 71-63

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's basketball team closed the 2004-2005 season Wednesday night with a 71-63 loss to No. 2 seed DeSales in the quarterfinals of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southern Championship Tournament at Billera Hall. Grove City, the No. 7 seed entering the tournament, finishes the season 16-10.

It is Grove City's eighth winning season in nine seasons.

The Wolverines fell behind 10-0 in the first three minutes before charging back. Senior guard Abby Moose (New Wilmington, Pa./Mercer) fired in 11 of her team-high 17 points in the first half as the Wolverines surged ahead with a 23-4 run. However, DeSales (21-7) pulled to within 31-29 by halftime.

Grove City led by six, 44-38, with 11 minutes to go but the Bulldogs took the lead for good with an 18-2 run over the next five minutes.

Senior Jocelyn Kempema (Fort Atkinson, Wis./Edgewood), freshman Rachel McCoy (East Liverpool, Ohio/Beaver Local) and freshman Shannon Overdorff (Eighty Four, Pa./United) all tossed in 10 points for Grove City. McCoy and classmate Brittany Anderson (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) each grabbed eight rebounds for the Wolverines.

Holly Liebl led DeSales with a career-high 26 points, 19 of which came in the second half. She added 11 rebounds. Alyssa Antolick added 15 points and six boards for DeSales, which will play either Lebanon Valley or Medaille in the ECAC semifinals Friday night. DeSales went 26 of 31 at the free-throw line while the Wolverines were 11 of 14.

The game was the final career game for seniors Moose, Kempema, center Sandy O'Keefe (Perry, Ohio/Perry) and point guard Rachel Romance (East Springfield, Pa./Northwestern). Moose finishes her career as Grove City's fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,209 points.

It was Grove City's fifth all-time appearance in the ECAC Tournament.

Box Score


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-ABBY MOOSE (2001-2005)       1,209
6-Brenda Kanar (1983-87)       1,183
7-Carolyn Cochrane (1985-89)   1,153
8-Karin Hendrickson (1995-99)  1,081
9-Monica Yustak (1984-87)        960
10-Kathy Hair (1988-92)          929

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