Presidents Host Annual W&J Tip-Off Tournament
The Washington & Jefferson College women’s basketball team hosts its seventh annual W&J Tip-Off Tournament this weekend at the Henry Memorial Center.
The Presidents host Pitt-Greensburg at 8:00 pm on Friday night, following Defiance versus Otterbein in the tournament’s opening game at 6:00 pm. The championship contest is set for 4:00 pm on Saturday, preceded by the consolation game at 2:00 pm.
W&J is 8-4 all-time in its own tournament, having won the championship in 2008. Otterbein is the only one of the other three schools to have participated in the Tip-Off Tournament. The Cardinals defeated the Presidents 87-80 in overtime to win the tournament’s inaugural title in 2005 and also split a pair of contests in 2008.
The Presidents were hurt by turnovers and poor shooting in their season-opening 59-33 loss to Case Western Reserve on Tuesday. W&J shot just 12-58 from the field (.207) and committed 22 turnovers. Senior Ashley Kirkpatrick (Sharon, Pa./Kennedy Catholic) was the only President in double figures with 10 points (5-13 FG). She also grabbed a game-best eight rebounds. Junior Emily Abraham (Canfield, Ohio/Boardman) and sophomore Kara Seamon (Morgantown, W.Va./University) both added six points for W&J, which lost its second-straight opener to the Spartans.
Casey Stanton poured in 19 points and pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds, but it was not enough for Pitt-Greensburg, as it fell 67-56 to Frostburg State on Tuesday. Stanton recorded her eighth straight double-double dating back to last season and also blocked four shots. The Bobcats shot 36.2 percent from the floor (17-47) and were plagued by 34 turnovers.
Defiance dropped its opener to Olivet College 58-52 on Tuesday. The Yellow Jackets trailed by 13 at the half and got as close as five points late in the game, but were unable to overcome the deficit. Erica King netted a career-high 18 points behind 5-9 shooting from beyond the arc and added three assists and two rebounds.
Otterbein will open its season against Defiance on Friday evening. The Cardinals finished last season with an 11-15 overall record and 7-11 in Ohio Athletic Conference play. Otterbein was tabbed fourth in the OAC preseason coaches poll and returns a pair of All-OAC Second Team guards in Kristi Kotterman and Shea McCoy.
W&J is 6-3 all-time against UPG, 1-0 versus Defiance and lost its only meeting with Otterbein. Defiance has won all 10 previous games with Otterbein and has never faced Pitt-Greensburg. Otterbein was victorious in its only matchup all-time with UPG.