Director of Sports Information
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2008
GENEVA COLLEGE CRUISES PAST FREDONIA TO GET
BACK INTO WIN COLUMN
Beaver Falls, PA - After dropping its first game of the new year to Saint Vincent on Saturday, Geneva College′s women′s basketball team picked up its first victory of 2009 with a 78-44 decision over Fredonia State University. Geneva moved back to the .500 mark for the season at 5-5, while Fredonia fell to 6-4.
Both teams had trouble holding onto the ball as they combined for 58 turnovers with both teams committing 29 miscues. But it was Geneva College that was able to take advantage of the errors as it shot 50% for the game and held the Blue Devils to just 27% shooting from the field. In fact, Fredonia managed just two field goals in the first half and shot 8% in trailing the Golden Tornadoes 31-11 at the break.
Fredonia never got within 20 points in the second half as the Golden Tornadoes opened up a 36 point second half lead and held on for the 34 point decision. Geneva College had three players reach double figures including a team high 15 points from Christine Carugati. Michawn Rich and Beth DeLuca each chipped in with 14 points in the victory. Rich was just 1-6 from the field, but drained 12-13 free throws to help the Golden Tornadoes′ cause in the win.
Merissa Gaeta led Fredonia with 18 points, but the lone bright spot for the Blue Devils came with less than a minute to play when senior Angela Pucciarelli scored career point #1000. Pucciarelli, who came into the game as Fredonia′s leading scorer, needed seven points for the milestone and finished the game with eight, including a running lay-up with just 13 seconds remaining in the game.
Geneva College will get back into PAC play on Wednesday night when it travels to Chatham University for a 7 pm tip. The Golden Tornadoes return to Metheny Fieldhouse on Saturday to host Waynesburg University at 7:30 pm.