January 7, 2010

Grove City surges into first place

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's basketball team improved to 4-1 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference Thursday night by earning a 65-48 victory over visiting Bethany in PAC action at the Grove City College Arena. The win gives Grove City sole possession of first place in the conference.

Grove City closed the game on a 26-8 run over the final 10 minutes of the second half. Junior forward Alison Wells (Waterville, Vt./Lamoille) ignited the run by draining her first three-point goal of the season. The three-pointer put Grove City ahead to stay, 42-40.

Senior forward Krista Beechy (Winesburg, Ohio/Berlin Hiland) followed with a jumper and freshman guard Leah Gibson (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) added a pair of free throws. Later, junior guard Jenna Johnston (Strattanville, Pa./Clarion-Limestone) pushed Grove City's lead to 58-42 with a three-point basket.

Down the stretch, junior forward Christine Slater (Aliquippa, Pa./Center) and freshman guard Brittany Wenzell (Bay Village, Ohio/Bay) both drained threes to seal the win. Grove City shot 5 for 8 behind the three-point line in the second half and 8 for 18 overall on three-point attempts in the game.

Wenzell's first three-pointer gave Grove City a 31-21 lead late in the first half. Bethany trimmed the lead to 31-24 by halftime and the Bison took a 38-37 lead on Kayla Taormina's jumper at the 12:25 mark.

Grove City limited Bethany to a 17-for-50 (34 percent) shooting performance from the field. The Wolverines also forced 24 turnovers. Meanwhile, Grove City committed a season-low eight turnovers. The Wolverines shot 24 of 64 (38 percent) from the floor.

Slater led Grove City (6-6 overall) with 16 points while senior forward Laura Miller (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) added 11 points. Gibson finished with 10 points. Beechy pulled in a team-high seven rebounds and also had four assists.

Anne Wilson led Bethany (4-8, 1-3 PAC) with 11 points and four assists. Bethany outrebounded Grove City 45-34.

Grove City now owns a half-game lead over Thomas More and Washington & Jefferson in the PAC. Both teams own 3-1 league records.

The Wolverines visit PAC foe Thiel Saturday at 1 p.m.

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