November 19, 2013

CMU tops Grove City, 90-75

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's basketball team opened its 2013-14 home schedule Tuesday night with a 90-75 setback against visiting Carnegie Mellon (3-0) in non-conference action at the Grove City College Arena.

Junior guard Cayley McClean (Airville, Pa./Kennard-Dale) fired in a career-high 15 points for the Wolverines (1-2) while junior guard Kelsey Shirey (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia) pumped in 14 points. Sophomore forward Kathryn Erbelding (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Olympia) added 11 points and a team-high six rebounds.

Carnegie Mellon jumped out to a 26-16 lead in the first half but Grove City countered with an 11-0 run. Shirey and senior forward Annie Wells (Waterville, Vt./Lamoille) ignited the comeback with consecutive three-pointers while senior forward Hannah Jo Coneby (Maple Shade, N.J./Baptist) followed with a layup.

Erbelding tied the game with seven minutes left in the first half and the Wolverines inched ahead moments later when sophomore forward Mary McDonald (Slippery Rock, Pa./Portersville Christian) split two free throws.

Carnegie Mellon rebounded to take a 42-35 lead by halftime, however.

Grove City shot 49 percent (29 for 59) from the field while CMU went 37 for 77 (48 percent). The Tartans shot 11 for 25 (44 percent) from behind the three-point line while Grove City went 5 for 13. CMU also held a 42-37 rebound advantage. Grove City turned over the ball 23 times while CMU had just 14 turnovers.

Gabrielle West led Carnegie Mellon with 24 points and Lisa Murphy added 20.

Wells added five rebounds while Shirey and Erbelding both had three assists.

The 165 combined points marked the highest scoring game for Grove City since a 94-85 setback to Washington & Jefferson February 17, 1993. Carnegie Mellon entered Tuesday's game averaging 102 points per game.

Grove City hosts Pitt-Bradford Friday at 6 p.m. in non-conference play.

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