Grove City 52, W&J 31
February 2, 1999--Three days after suffering its first league loss at Washington and Jefferson, Grove City rebounded by throttling the Presidents, 52-31, in a key Presidents Athletic Conference matchup.
The Lady Wolverines limited the Presidents to 18% field-goal shooting (11-of-61) and 11 first-half points. Grove City held the conferences leading scorer, Regina Dixon, to four points on 1-of-10 shooting. Dixon had been averaging 21 points per outing.
"We focused on defense," Grove City head coach Melissa Lamie said. "We knew we could defend this team better than we did on Saturday."
Krista Summers (Staunton, VA/Grace Christian) pumped in a game-high 12 points, while Jackie Becker (Broadview Heights, OH/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) and Livia Wright (Economy, PA/Ambridge) evenly split 16 points. Becker also hauled in 10 rebounds.
The Lady Wolverines stingy defense held W&J to three first-half field goals. Grove City also held a 27-19 first-half rebound edge. No W&J player scored more than seven points in the game, and the Presidents committed 17 turnovers.
"Defense is what we worked on mostly in practice," Summers said. "Coming in to this game, that was our focus. We really shut them down in the first half. Defense was definitely the key to this win."
"We knew on Saturday that we played a mediocre offensive game and still scored sixty points," Karin Hendrickson (New Wilmington, PA/Wilmington) said. "So we knew if we could focus on our defense and get their scoring below sixty, even if we had another mediocre offensive night, we could still win the game."
Hendrickson continued, "We never, in our imagination, thought wed hold them to 11 points in the first half, or hold Regina Dixon to four. It took a great team effort to get that done." Hendrickson had a game-high six assists.
The victory placed Grove City in a first-place tie with Bethany at 3-1 in the PAC.
Saturday afternoon, the Lady Wolverines meet PAC and Mercer County-rival Thiel at 1:00
p.m. in Greenville. The game can be heard on the home of Wolverine basketball,
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