February 6, 2016
Erbelding breaks steals record, leads Wolverines past Geneva
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Senior forward Kathryn Erbelding (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Olympia) posted a 25-point, 10-rebound double-double and recorded six steals to break the Grove City College women's basketball career record as the Wolverines held off Presidents' Athletic Conference rival Geneva 70-60 on Hall of Fame Day on Saturday afternoon at the Grove City College Arena.
Freshman guard McKenzie Black (Akron, Ohio/Green) hit four threes as part of a career-high 14-point outing while sophomore guard Lexie Arkwright (Mercer, Pa./Mercer) added 14 points and five blocks. Freshman center Laura Buchanan (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) contributed a game-high six blocks to go with eight points and seven rebounds.
The Wolverines (10-11, 8-6 PAC) jumped out to a 18-9 lead behind nine early points from Arkwright but Callie Ford drained a three in the closing seconds of the first quarter to bring the Golden Tornadoes (9-12, 6-8) within six at 18-12 after one.
Grove City opened the second quarter on a 7-0 run, capped by an Erbelding steal and layup, to extend their lead to 25-12 and force a Geneva timeout. That steal was the 248th of Erbelding's career, breaking the previous College record of 247 set by Karin Hendrickson in 1999.
The Wolverines would lead by as much as 15 in the first half, but Marissa Heaney hit three triples over a two-minute span to bring Geneva back within nine at 34-25 at halftime.
Geneva would close within seven on two occasions in the third quarter but could draw no closer as Grove City held on for the win.
For the game, Grove City shot a season-high 57 percent (29 of 51) from the field and also hit 6 of 11 (55 percent) three-point goals while holding the Golden Tornadoes to just 35 percent (23 of 65) from the floor and 23 percent (5 of 22) beyond the arc. Geneva held a 35-32 advantage on the glass.
With the victory, Grove City now sits alone in third place in the PAC standings at 8-6. The Wolverines visit Chatham Wednesday night at 6 p.m. in conference action.
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