February 22, 2011

Grove City rallies past Bethany in quarterfinals

BETHANY, W.Va. -- The Grove City College women's basketball team rallied from a nine-point deficit in the second half Tuesday night to earn a 66-59 victory over host Bethany in the quarterfinals of the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship Tournament at Hummel Field House.

Fifth-seeded Grove City (14-12) went 21 for 21 at the foul line in the second half and finished 27 of 29 (93 percent) at the foul line for the game.

Four Grove City players scored in double figures, led by junior guard Megan Gebrosky (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) with 18 points. Gebrosky scored 15 of her 18 points in the second half.

Senior forward Alison Wells (Waterville, Vt./Lamoille) tossed in 14 points, sophomore guard Leah Gibson (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover0 recorded 12 points and senior forward Christine Slater (Aliquippa, Pa./Center) added 10 points.

Grove City trailed 32-23 early in the second half before charging back. The Wolverines trailed 38-31 before assembling a 9-0 run that put Grove City ahead midway through the period.

Gibson and Slater helped ignite the run with back-to-baskets while sophomore Alicia Maust (Natrona Heights, Pa./Cheswick Christian) cut the lead to one with a layup. Gebrosky's three-point play put Grove City ahead 40-38 with 10 minutes left.

Wells hit a jumper with 5:37 left to put Grove City ahead to stay, 46-45. That basket highlighted a 12-0 run by the Wolverines, who held Bethany scoreless for over six minutes.

For the game, Grove City shot 19 of 51 (37 percent) from the field. Bethany also shot 37 percent (22 of 59) for the game. Bethany owned a 38-31 edge in rebounds. Wells grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Gebrosky had four assists. Senior Jenna Johnston (Strattanville, Pa./Clarion-Limestone) recorded five steals.

Tara Harris led Bethany (13-13) with 20 points and Anne Wilson added 19 points. Bethany had 18 turnovers and Grove City had just 11 turnovers. The Wolverines have won four of their last five games at Bethany. Overall, Grove City has won four of its last five games.

Grove City jumped out to an 8-3 lead but Bethany eventually came back to take a 28-23 lead at the intermission.

Grove City will face No. 1 Thomas More (26-0) Friday night in the conference semifinals. Thomas More, the top seed, defeated Thiel Tuesday night 68-47. Grove City is making its first trip to the conference semifinals since 2008.

Box Score

1-Jody Imbrie (1979-83)        2,288
2-CHRISTINE SLATER (2007-)     1,610
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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