Director of Sports Information
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 16, 2008
GIANT KILLERS COME UP SHORT, GENEVA FALLS
TO FIFTH RANKED THOMAS MORE
Beaver Falls, PA – Geneva women’s head coach Ron Galbreath has been carrying around the box score from Geneva’s 22-point loss to Thomas More in mid-January. The legendary head coach and his Golden Tornadoes were handed another opportunity to knock off the undefeated Saints on Saturday, but came up on the short end of a 64-57 decision. The loss ended Geneva’s five-game winning streak and dropped the Golden Tornadoes to 19-4, while Thomas More improved to 23-0 with the victory.
Geneva’s first half looked a lot like the first half four weeks ago. The Golden Tornadoes managed just five field goals in the first 20 minutes and shot only 23% from the field. The Golden Tornadoes stayed in the game from the foul line as they were 22-27 from the line for the game. Trailing by 13 points at the half, Geneva could never make a serious threat at the undefeated Saints. Thomas More had won 13 consecutive games by double-digits, but could not put Geneva away.
The Golden Tornadoes battled back to within six points at 61-55 with 40 seconds to play, but could not get any closer. The Saints got a great game from junior Jayme Thiem. Thiem was the only Thomas More player to reach double figures with a game high 28 points on 10-19 shooting from the field.
As for the Golden Tornadoes, Renee Rawding scored a team high 21 points, while Allyson Clarke collected her 18th double-double of the season with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Geneva will begin the final week of the regular season with a road game at Thiel on Wednesday night. The Golden Tornadoes will close out the regular season next Saturday night when they host Westminster College.
Geneva is one of only 118 colleges in the U.S. to be approved for membership in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), and is a founding member.