Carnegie Mellon 61, Grove City 53
"This kind of takes the wind out of our sails," Lady Wolverine coach Melissa Lamie said. "We wanted to build on what we did on Saturday (a 69-59 win over Behrend). We wanted to keep the same intensity, and when things just didnt fall in the first half, it was like, What do we do now?" Grove City shot 29% in the first half, but managed to tie the game at the intermission 23-23 on Karin Hendricksons (New Wilmington, PA/Wilmington) 14-footer at the buzzer.
Sophomore Krista Summers (Staunton, VA/Grace Christian) poured in a game-high 16 points while shooting 7-of-10 from the field. Hendrickson added 12 points, nine rebounds, six assists, four steals and a pair of blocks.
Grove City held a 51-49 advantage with 4:57 remaining, but Carnegie Mellon used a 12-2 blitz to slam the door on GC. CMU shot 13-of-28 in the second half and blocked seven Lady Wolverine shots in the game, led by Samantha Majerniks five swats.
"Tonight it was just not a good defensive game for us," Lamie lamented. "We gave up a lot of second chance points in the second half and we just didnt cover people, which is not typical for us. That was the biggest disappointment."
The Lady Wolverines trailed 36-32 early in the second half, but freshman guard Erica Youngman (Portersville, PA/Slippery Rock) drilled a pair of threes, while Summers and Livia Wright (Economy, PA/Ambridge) added layups to give GC a 44-40 lead at the 11:00 mark.
"It was good to get Erica going," Lamie said. "Hopefully this will allow her to be more consistent (shooting outside)."
Both teams are now 5-7. Grove City opens Presidents Athletic Conference play on Saturday against Bethany. The game will tip off at 2:00 pm.
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