Grove City Advances to PAC Semis
GROVE CITY, PA, February 23, 2000 --The Lady Wolverines overcame a six-point second-half deficit to defeat visiting Waynesburg, 44-39, in the opening round of the Presidents' Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Championship Tournament on Wednesday.
Fourth-seeded Grove City (14-11) will tip-off in the semifinals Friday against top-seeded Bethany in Bethany, WV at 8:00 p.m. Second-seeded Washington & Jefferson will meet third-seeded Thiel in the other semi at 6:00 p.m. in Bethany.
Grove City clung to a 25-24 lead at intermission, before Waynesburg (1-22) opened the second half with a 7-0 run to take a 31-25 edge with 15:37 showing. The Lady Wolverines scored their first point of the second half seven minutes in when Kristina Dixon (Smethport, PA/Smethport) drilled a three-pointer to cut the lead in half. Stephanie Murphy (Munroe Falls, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls) and T.L. Thompson (Girard, PA/Girard) added threes to put Grove City up by three, 34-31. Livia Wright (Economy, PA/Ambridge) opened the lead up to seven with a field goal and a pair of free throws before Waynesburg ended a 10-minute scoring drought with 5:08 left in regulation.
Waynesburg cut the lead to three, 42-39, with 50 seconds remaining, but Murphy netted two free throws at 0:23 to secure the victory.
Murphy and Wright finished with a game-high 11 points each, while Dixon grabbed a team-best 11 rebounds. Wright added seven boards and posted four blocked shots for the second night in a row.
Kyana Bradley (Washington D.C./Roosevelt) put on a defensive clinic, recording 11 steals for Waynesburg. The Yellow Jackets forced 23 turnovers and held GCC to 28% shooting. Cara Penner (Carlisle, PA/Big Spring) tossed in a team-high 10 points for the Jackets.
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