Beaver Falls, PA - Geneva College women′s head coach Renee Drake has been waiting for the Golden Tornadoes to play a complete game of 40 minutes. On Saturday, the frustration continued as she watched her team play a solid first half but could not close out the deal against Grove City in a 60-38 loss to the Wolverines. A three-point field goal by the Wolverines at the first half buzzer sent Geneva into the locker room trailing by only six points and well within striking distance. "We felt really good about how we played in the first half," said Drake. "We didn′t knock down as many shots as we would have liked but we were playing solid defense and we were right in the game."
Three minutes into the second half the lead was just one point at 28-27 following a lay-up from Valerie Hamilton. Just three minutes later the lead was only two when Christine Carugati knocked down a three-point field goal. Geneva managed only eight points in the final 14 minutes of the game and was outscored by 20 points. "We just shut our offense down in the second half and they were able to take advantage of some of our turnovers," said Drake. When you make 22 turnovers home or away, you can′t expect to win a college basketball game."
Carugati was the only Geneva player to reach double figures with 13 points while also leading the way with eight rebounds. Carugati was a perfect 3-3 from three-point range while the rest of the team was 4-16 from beyond the arc. Beaver County product Christine Slater led all scorers for Grove City with 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Wolverines improved to 12-11 with Geneva falling to 8-15 on the season.
The final week of the regular season features the Golden Tornadoes traveling to Westminster on Wednesday night before the home finale next Saturday night at 5:30 pm against Waynesburg.
Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the Reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and the church. Geneva College′s philosophy of education is based on the Foundational Concepts of Christian Higher Education. Geneva is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).