Beaver Falls, PA - First year head coach Lori Wynn deserves a whole lot of credit for trying to keep the Geneva College women′s team together through the entire 2011-2012 season. With a rash of injuries that have struck the Golden Tornadoes, Wynn has managed to keep the team upbeat and positive for the future. As for the current situation however, the Golden Tornadoes continue to slide. On Wednesday night, Geneva dropped a 72-42 decision to Thiel College in dropping its ninth straight game. The Golden Tornadoes, who defeated Thiel by one point back in January, fell to 3-19 overall and 2-13 in the PAC.
Playing with only eight healthy bodies, the Golden Tornadoes managed to keep things close throughout the first half. Despite connecting on just ten first half field goals, Geneva trailed by only nine points at the break at 32-23. Thiel heated things up in the final 20 minutes and shot 47% from the field while Geneva cooled off even more to the tune of 18% shooting in the second half. The Golden Tornadoes made only four second half field goals in being outscored 40-19 in the final stanza.
Beth DeLuca, who reached the 900 point plateau for her career over the weekend, led the Golden Tornadoes with 13 points including a 6-6 effort from the foul line. Mary Keen, who made her first career start, scored eight points along with teammate Chelsea Kauffman. Ashley Davis scored 18 points to lead a Thiel team that is battling for the sixth spot in the PAC standings with just over a week to go in the regular season.
Geneva will travel to Saint Vincent on Saturday before a road game at W & J and the home finale against Westminster next Saturday night.
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.