W&J Holds Off Thiel In Greenville
GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson College built a 20-point lead and held off a late Thiel rally during a 65-50 Presidents' Athletic Conference women's basketball victory at Beeghly Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
Junior forward Chelsea Apke (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) and sophomore center Valerie Dunlap both turned in double-doubles to lead W&J. Apke netted 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Dunlap collected 13 points and 11 boards.
Behind five points from Apke, W&J jumped out to an early 12-4 lead. Freshman guard Ashley Mikelonis (South Park, Pa./South Park) pushed the advantage to double digits with back-to-back three pointers midway through the first half.
After the Tomcats closed to within eight, junior Kara Seamon (Morgantown, W. Va./University) spurred an 11-3 run to end the half with a trio of triples during the final 2:34 as the Presidents took a 35-19 lead after 20 minutes.
Junior Alex Bernardi's (Saint Clair, Mich./Saint Clair) free throw gave W&J a 20-point, second-half lead with 13:24 to play, but a 15-5 run by the Tomcats over the next 8:03 brought the score to 52-42.
Dunlap ended the Presidents' long scoring drought with a layup, while adding a free throw and another layup on W&J's next two possessions and senior Emily Abraham (Canfield, Ohio/Boardman) sealed the victory by canning a three-pointer with 80 seconds remaining.
Seamon drained 4-of-6 shots from the field (3-5 3-PT) for 11 points, while dishing out four assists and grabbing three rebounds. W&J held a 42-35 edge on the boards and shot 37 percent (24-65) from the field. The Presidents drained a season-high nine three-pointers.
Kelly Barzak led Thiel with 18 points (6-13 FG, 6-6 FT) and nine rebounds. The Tomcats shot 18-of-49 (.367) from the field, but were held to 1-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc. W&J forced 20 Tomcat turnovers.
W&J (5-1, 2-0) aims for its first 3-0 start to PAC play since the 2008-09 season on Wednesday when Saint Vincent visits the Henry Memorial Center at 8:00 pm.