January 26, 2011

Grove City storms past W&J

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's basketball team jumped out to a 7-0 lead early and never trailed en route to a 63-55 victory over host Washington & Jefferson Wednesday night in Presidents' Athletic Conference action at the Henry Memorial Center.

Grove City (10-8, 6-4 PAC) broke the game open with a 23-5 run in the first half as the Wolverines' lead swelled to 36-15. Senior forward Christine Slater (Aliquippa, Pa./Center), freshman forward Sarah Cessar (Slippery Rock, Pa./Slippery Rock), junior guard Megan Gebrosky (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) and sophomore guard Leah Gibson (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) all hit three-point goals during the run for the Wolverines.

Senior Jenna Johnston (Strattanville, Pa./Clarion-Limestone) closed the run with a putback at the 6:30 mark of the first half.

Grove City shot 17 of 28 (61 percent) from the field in the first half and led 42-25 at the intermission.

The Wolverines extended the lead to 22, 52-30, in the second half. W&J pulled to within 58-47 but Gibson hit a three-pointer and Slater drained a jumper to help ward off the comeback.

Slater led all scorers with 23 points. She also pulled in a game-high seven rebounds. Gebrosky fired in 11 points while Gibson had nine points and eight assists. Senior forward Alison Wells (Waterville, Vt./Lamoille) set a new single-game school record with eight blocked shots.

For the game, Grove City shot 25 of 49 (51 percent) from the field. The Wolverines also owned a 33-28 edge in rebounds. W&J (8-10, 5-4 PAC) shot 38 percent (22 of 58) from the field. Courtney Walsh led W&J with 15 points.

Grove City has won two straight games in the Henry Center. The Wolverines are now alone in third place in the conference at 6-4, ahead of both W&J and Waynesburg (5-4 PAC). Grove City will visit Waynesburg Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in conference action.

Box Score

1-Jody Imbrie (1979-83)        2,288
2-CHRISTINE SLATER (2007-)     1,462
3-Theresa Berg (1989-93)       1,347
4-Christine Carlson (1987-91)  1,337
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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