December 14, 2010

Comeback falls short

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's basketball team dropped a 63-53 decision to visiting Denison (10-0) Tuesday night in non-conference action at the Grove City College Arena. The Wolverines trailed by as many as 26 in the second half before charging back to within six in the final minute.

Grove City trailed 50-24 with 12:22 remaining before assembling a 29-9 run. Senior forward Christine Slater (Aliquippa, Pa./Center) helped ignite the run by hitting three jumpers and junior guard Megan Gebrosky (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) fired in a three-point goal.

Slater recorded a three-point play with 2:58 that cut the Big Red lead to 56-45. The Wolverines cut the margin to single digits with 1:04 left as sophomore guard Leah Gibson (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) drilled a three-pointer. Gibson's layup with 36 seconds left trimmed the lead to 59-53.

However, Denison used 4-for-6 accuracy at the foul line and a pair of offensive rebounds to help secure the win.

Slater led Grove City with 19 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks while Gibson finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Hannah Jo Coneby (Maple Shade, N.J./Baptist) added eight points and three blocks.

A Coneby putback gave Grove City an 11-7 lead with 13:09 left in the first half but Denison took the lead for good with an 11-0 run. Denison held the Wolverines scoreless for the final five minutes of the first half and led 29-18 at halftime.

Shaina Kaiser led Denison with 21 points while Jessica Grzybowski posted 12 points. Serafina Nuzzo added 10 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Denison shot 41 percent (27 of 66) from the field. Meanwhile, Grove City shot 32 percent (17 of 53).

Grove City owned a 41-38 rebounding edge. The Wolverines committed 24 turnovers while Denison turned over the ball 16 times.

Denison is the sixth undefeated team that Grove City has played this season. The Wolverines return to action January 6 at Presidents' Athletic Conference foe Bethany.

Box Score

1-Jody Imbrie (1979-83)        2,288
2-Theresa Berg (1989-93)       1,347
3-Christine Carlson (1987-91)  1,337
4-CHRISTINE SLATER (2007-)     1,290
5-Beth Lora (1994-98)          1,250
6-Abby Moose (2001-05)         1,209
7-Brenda Kanar (1983-87)       1,183
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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