Balanced Effort Leads W&J To Rout Of Geneva
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Six players scored at least eight points to lead the Washington & Jefferson College women’s basketball team to a 70-41 victory over Geneva at the Henry Memorial Center on Wednesday night.
W&J (12-4, 7-2), which shot 50 percent (28-56) from the field, was paced by the 12-point, 10-rebound performance from sophomore center Valerie Dunlap (Hostetter, Pa./Latrobe). Junior point guard Kara Seamon (Morgantown, W. Va./University) totaled 10 points, while senior Emily Abraham (Canfield, Ohio/Boardman) and freshman Beka Bellhy (McDonald, Pa./Fort Cherry) both added nine points.
The Presidents took command of the game following an 18-2 run during the final 8:48 of the first half. Abraham opened the surge by canning the first of her trio of three-pointers. Dunlap and Bellhy both added four points during the spurt, as W&J entered halftime with a commanding 33-15 lead.
Geneva scored six of the first eight second-half points, but W&J responded with back-to-back baskets from Seamon and junior Chelsea Apke (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) to maintain command of the game. The Presidents’ lead ballooned to as many as 36 points when sophomore forward Tori Bishop (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) sank a layup with just over five minutes remaining.
Bishop posted career-bests with eight points (4-7 FG) and nine rebounds, while Apke also tallied eight points. Bellhy pulled down six rebounds and Seamon and sophomore guard Alexa DelGreco (Pittsburgh, Pa./Seton LaSalle) both handed out four assists.
With her three triples, Abraham moved past Amanda Stanonik '07 for fifth place all-time at W&J with 96 career three-pointers. She also added seven rebounds.
The Golden Tornadoes (2-14, 0-9), who were limited to 25 percent (16-62) shooting, were led by Heidi Mann’s 12 points and eight rebounds. Geneva was outrebounded by a 43-37 margin and became the fifth-straight opponent limited to under 37 percent shooting by the Presidents’ defense.
W&J looks to make it five consecutive wins on Saturday when it travels to New Wilmington for a clash with Westminster. The Presidents downed the Titans 56-51 earlier this season in Washington.