By Edward L. Master
Allied News Sports Correspondent
GROVE CITY — The dream of an undefeated season for the Grove City College women’s basketball squad has come and gone.
Stacie Aleski scored 19 points as Carnegie Mellon stopped Grove City 59-47 in Division III women’s basketball Tuesday at the Grove City College Arena.
Aleski buried seven of 11 shots from the field, including four of six three-point attempts, to claim game-scoring honors for the Tartans (3-0). Aleski made one of her two free throws. Jeanette Schilling added 10 points for CMU.
Brittany Anderson paced the Wolverines (2-1) with 12 points, nailing three field goals and converting six of eight from the foul line. Shannon Overdorff scored 10 points, hitting on five shots from the field, and had six rebounds for Grove City.
The Tartans had the edge in rebounds 45 to 41 and the advantage in turnovers, committing 17 miscues to the Wolverines’ 20. CMU registered 11 steals to nine for Grove City.
“We made very poor passing decisions and CMU showed up,” said Wolverines head coach Sarah Harris. “I told the team that it takes 100 percent effort in every game.
“This game was good in that it showed me a lot of things that need work. In that respect, when the players come back (from vacation), they are going to watch this game and they are going to see how they look.”
Grove City’s only lead in the contest came on Laura Miller’s basket to open the game. Corey Innes’ three-pointer followed Rachelle Roll’s field goal to give CMU a 5-2 lead and a margin that it never relinquished.
The Tartans entered the half-time intermission with a 36-22 lead. CMU built its biggest margin, 53-34, midway through the second half as Schilling and Aleski combined to score 10 points.
Grove City, however, displayed its potential as the Wolverines put together a 9-0 run to cut the differential to 53-43. Raeann Szelong scored five points during the burst on two field goals.
Ashley Rothwell’s back-to-back baskets, however, then gave the Tartans a 14-point cushion that didn’t drop below 12 for the remainder of the contest.
“There was a time in the second half when we showed what we were capable of doing,” Harris said. “We were aggressive and we played the way that we should play. Then, the defense slipped a little bit.”
With the holiday ahead, Grove City now has the chance to relax, recover and learn.
“We gave the players Thanksgiving workouts and told them to work at the intensity they need to do to win basketball games,” said Harris. “We were 5-20 last year and winning (the first two games this season) was a bit of a new phenomenon.
“Typically, a team doesn’t go from 5-20 to 20-5 or 25-0. Our team still must learn what it takes to win. We weren’t there yet tonight.”
Notes: Grove City was one for 13 from three-point range (five percent), hit 30 percent of their field goals overall, and made eight of 11 foul shots. ... CMU sank five of 16 three-point attempts (31 percent), shot 38 percent from the field overall, and was six of 14 at the free-throw line. ... For the Wolverines, Krista Beechy and C.J. Beatty pulled down eight and seven rebounds, respectively. ... Miller recorded five steals. ... For the Tartans, Roll grabbed 11 rebounds, scored four points and dished out four assists.
By Edward L. Master
Dennis S. Burnham, 78, of Grove City, Pa., formerly of Conneaut-ville, passed away April 18, 2021. He was a travel agent traveling to all corners of the globe. A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date.
Malcolm D., 77, of Millbrook. As per Malcolm's wishes, there will be no services. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to ROSE and BLACK FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., Stoneboro and Sandy Lake. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.RoseAndBlackFH.com
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