Grove City 64, W&J 47
Grove City's stingy defense held W&J to 21% shooting from the field in the second half. W&J, the defending PAC champions, also committed 21 turnovers.
"I thought our defense picked up," Lady Wolverine coach Melissa Lamie said. "We attacked their press better, also. We had to get over playing from behind."
All-tournament team member Karin Hendrickson (New Wilmington, PA/Wilmington) rifled in 21 points, pulled down seven rebounds and recorded four steals. Hendrickson had 34 points and 16 boards in the two tournament games.
"She hit a lot of big shots for us when we were making our comeback," Lamie said.
In a reserve role, freshman point guard Stephanie Murphy (Munroe Falls, OH/Stow) came off the bench to provide a big spark for the Lady Wolverines. Murphy took a charge from W&J star Regina Dixon. Murphy also helped engineer the second-half comeback.
"Coach Lamie told us that Dixon likes to drive," Murphy explained. "I saw her coming full speed, so I stood in there and took it."
"(Murphy) really sparked us when she took the charge," Lamie said. "She played good defense, she ran the offense well and she played within herself. She was a big spark for us."
Grove City helped its cause with 15-for-18 marksmanship at the charity stripe. The Lady Presidents shot just 6-for-12.
"We always want to shoot 70% on our free throws," Lamie said. "Eighty-three percent is above and beyond that. They had a lot of frustration fouls, and it's a lot more frustrating when you make both free throws."
The Lady Wolverines held a 40-32 edge in rebounds and hit 5-of-8 three-point attempts. W&J held a 31-30 lead at the intermission. Dixon led W&J with 10 points.
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