November 19, 2010

Grove City pulls away from Sage for first win

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Grove City College women's basketball team improved to 1-1 Friday afternoon by pulling out a 63-52 victory over Sage College in the semifinals of Buffalo State's Betty Abgott Invitational at the Buffalo State Sports Arena. Grove City closed the game on a 12-0 run over the final four minutes to secure the win.

Senior forward Christine Slater (Aliquippa, Pa./Center) fired in a season-high 26 points while junior guard Megan Gebrosky (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) added 15 points and five assists. Sophomore guard Leah Gibson (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) fired in 13 points and pulled in seven rebounds.

Grove City led 38-23 at halftime but Sage (0-2) charged back with a 14-0 run to begin the second half. Sage eventually took the lead with 4:22 left, 52-51, on a three-point goal by Chelsea Martin. However, Grove City quickly reclaimed the lead on a three-pointer from Gibson.

Gebrosky then drained a jumper and added two free throws to help extend the lead. Grove City forced five Sage turnovers down the stretch to help the Wolverines pull away.

Senior forward Alison Wells (Waterville, Vt./Lamoille Union) grabbed 10 rebounds while Slater had nine boards to help Grove City own a 51-28 edge on the glass. The Wolverines shot 39 percent (23 of 59) from the field while Sage converted 21 of 62 shots (34 percent).

Martin led Sage with 14 points.

The victory is the first for first-year Grove City head coach Michelle Bruns. Slater moved into seventh on Grove City's all-time scoring list with 1,162 career points.

Grove City will face Buffalo State or Hilbert in Saturday's final at 2 p.m.

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 (2001-05)         1,209
6-Brenda Kanar (1983-87)       1,183
7-CHRISTINE SLATER (2007-)     1,162
8-Carolyn Cochrane (1985-89)   1,153
9-Karin Hendrickson (1995-99)  1,081
10-Rachel McCoy (2004-07)      1,036

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