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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Moose leads fired-up Grove City



Published: Sat, February 5, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The senior guard scored 27 points as the Wolverines held off Westminster.

NEW WILMINGTON -- What a difference from the first time around.

In their first meeting this season, Westminster soundly defeated Grove City 72-49.

However, Saturday afternoon at Buzz Ridl Gymnasium, it was different story as the Wolverines (12-8, 4-2 Presidents' Athletic Conference) came from behind to post a 70-64 win.

"After watching the film from when we played them at home, we were just completely dead as to what was going on," said Grove City coach Melissa Lamie. "We had no emotion, no fire, and that was the big thing I challenged them with this week. I kept telling them that we had to come out and play with emotion and intensity."

Another reason for the Grove City turnaround was the presence of senior guard Abby Moose, who didn't play in the first game. Moose finished with a game-high 27 points, eight rebounds, two assists and five steals.

"When they overplayed me on the perimeter, we were able to take advantage of it," Moose said. "They tried to deny me the ball, but when I got it, I was able to dish it to my teammates and today, they were hitting shots.

"Maybe the biggest thing with my game today was that for the most part, I made good decisions. I think anything you shoot around or over 50 percent, it is a good game."

Stayed close

The Titans (13-6, 4-2) held an eight-point lead in the first half before Grove City put together an 11-2 run to take a 25-24 lead. The half ended with the Titans ahead, 37-33.

"We were down by at least 11 near the end of the first half, and that is where [Moose] took over," Lamie said.

The Wolverines opened the second half with a 14-6 run to regain the lead at 47-43. Westminster was able to get to within two (52-50), but never closer.

"We would set something up, but then they [the Titans] would go away from what the play was supposed to be," said Westminster coach Rosanne Scott. "Some of them tried to do too much instead of running through the play and executing it.

"We were able to make some spurts back at them, but then we would take some bad shots," she added. "We had 20 offensive rebounds for the game, and that was good. But as it turned out, it was what we did with the ball after getting the rebound was not smart on our part."

Rachel Romance (15) and Rachel McCoy (11) also scored in double figures for the Wolverines. Westminster was led by Desiree Sterling with 17 points and Alyson Gasper and Mary Jane Eaton with 10 each.




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