February 22, 2006

Thomas More tops Grove City

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- The Grove City College women's basketball team fell to host Thomas More in the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship Tournament quarterfinals Tuesday night, 72-59, at the Connor Convocation Center.

Grove City, which entered the tournament as the No. 7 seed, finishes the 2005-06 season with a 7-19 record. Second-seeded Thomas More (19-7) will play Waynesburg in the PAC semifinals Friday night at 6 p.m. at Washington and Jefferson.

Thomas More jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the first five minutes and extended that lead to 39-22 by the half. Grove City eventually whittled the lead to 67-57 with four minutes left on a jumper by freshman forward Mallory Skarupa (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) but the Wolverines could get no closer.

Junior guard Elyse Bogusz (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian) paced Grove City with 16 points, including four three-point goals. Sophomore forward Rachel McCoy (East Liverpool, Ohio/Beaver Local) contributed a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double, her ninth of the season.

Freshman forward Jennifer Wiley (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) added 11 points while senior guard Tammy Hess (Vintondale, Pa./United) tallied 10. Grove City limited the Saints to just 38 percent shooting (23 of 61) from the floor. However, Grove City turned the ball over 21 times.

Alex Gee led Thomas More with 17 points while Brooke Warner had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The game was also the final as head coach for Grove City head women's basketball coach Melissa Lamie. She is stepping down as women's basketball coach as part of the College's expansion of the Department of Physical Education and Athletics. She will continue as Grove City's head women's soccer coach.

In 13 years as head coach, Lamie compiled a 157-171 record. Over the past 11 years, Grove City went 153-129 and advanced to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship Tournament five times. Grove City won the 1997 ECAC title and earned runner-up honors in 2000. Grove City also advanced to the ECAC tournament in 1998, 2001 and 2005.

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