Beaver Falls, PA - It had been a long time since the Geneva College women′s basketball team had the sweet taste of victory in their mouths. On Wednesday night, the Golden Tornadoes put an end to their ten game losing streak with a convincing 63-39 win over Chatham University. The victory also marked the first ever win in the Presidents′ Athletic Conference. Geneva improved to 2-10 on the season including a 1-4 mark within the conference. The Golden Tornadoes also picked up their first home victory in five tries as they exploded in the second half to run away and hide from a Chatham team that has now dropped seven straight.
Both teams struggled from the field in the first half as the Golden Tornadoes escaped the first 20 minutes with a 24-16 lead despite shooting just 29% from the field. In the second half, the Golden Tornadoes sizzled from the field to the tune of 52% in outscoring the Cougars 39-23 in the final stanza and posting a season high 63 points.
Freshman guard Chelsea Kauffman came off the bench to score a team best 17 points on 6-12 shooting from the field including a pair of three-point field goals. Beth DeLuca went over the 800 point plateau for her career with a ten point effort. Samantha Fisher, who joined the team after spending a semester in Rome, came off the bench to score 12 points. The Geneva bench outscored Chatham 33-6.
The Golden Tornadoes will travel to Thiel College to face the Tomcats in a 1 pm matinee on Saturday afternoon before returning to Metheny Fieldhouse next Wednesday to host Saint Vincent College at 5:30 pm.
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).