GROVE CITY – Three Grove City College athletes earned weekly honors from the Presidents’ Athletic Conference.
Forward Kat Goetz captured Player of the Week recognition in women’s basketball. In swimming & diving, James Hancock earned Swimmer of the Week while Liz Hasse secured Rookie of the Week honors in swimming & diving.
Goetz helped Grove City (4-0) to a 2-0 week by averaging 13 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. She posted a 17-point, 17-rebound double-double in a 72-53 victory at Pittsburgh against Chatham. The 17 rebounds marked the highest single-game total for a GCC player since Christine Slater’s 19 rebounds Jan. 20, 2010 in a win over Westminster. Goetz capped the week with 9 points and 10 boards in an 89-55 victory over visiting Westminster. The 5-foot-11 Goetz averages 9.5 points and 11.3 rebounds per game this season. She ranks 2nd in the conference in rebound average.
Hancock helped Grove City (3-0) to a 112-69 win at Washington & Jefferson as he won the 100 butterfly (54.61) and100 ‘free (49.50) and also contributed to Grove City’s winning 200 free relay (1:31.45). Hanock posted the No. 2 time in the 200 ‘free (1:49.32) on an exhibition basis. That 200 free time ranks 2nd in the conference this season. Hancock also earned PAC Swimmer of the Week last week.
Hasse earned her 3rd Rookie of the Week award after helping lead Grove City (5-0) to a 189-104 win over previously-undefeated Westminster. She won both the 100 (54.14) and 200 (1:59.04) ‘free, and also anchored GCC’s victorious 200 free relay (1:40.09). Hasse owns NCAA Division III’s No. 15 time in the 100 ‘free this season. She owns the top conference time this season in both the 100 and 200 ‘free.
The women’s swimming & diving team will return to action March 1, for the start of the conference championships. The men’s swimming &diving team hosts Westminster at 6 p.m. today in the dual-meet finale. GCC’s women’s basketball team will visit Thiel for a 6 p.m. tussle Wednesday in Greenville.
• Westminster College’s Daniel Ritter was named PAC Player of the Week. Ritter averaged 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2.5 assists during a 2-0 week for Westminster. He shot 66.7 percent (16-24) from the field, 50 percent (4-for-8) from 3-point range, and 83.3 percent (10-for-12) at the charity stripe. After scoring 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting in an 86-69 win at Thiel, Ritter poured in 30 points on 10-of-17 shooting in a 78-68 victory over rival Grove City. It was his 2nd game this season scoring 30-plus points.
Westminster will play Geneva (5-1) on Wednesday for its final road regular season game of the year. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. It’ll be a matchup between the top two teams in the PAC standings.
• Westminster College’s Zoe Cable was named PAC Swimmer/Diver of the Week. Cable won both the 1- (6 dives) and 3-meter (6 dives) events at Grove City with respective scores of 217.40 and 251.75. She has not lost in either event this season. Cable’s score on the 3-meter board currently ranks No. 6 among NCAA Division III competitors this season. Her score of 246.08 on the 1-meter board against Chatham ranks 13th in Division III.
Westminster women’s swimming & diving team returns to action March 1 when it travels to Grove City for the first day of the PAC Championship meet.
• Men’s Basketball – The Grove City College men’s basketball team evened its record at 2-2 by earning an 83-61 road win Monday over Saint Vincent in PAC action at the Carey Center in Latrobe.
Grove City held Saint Vincent to 32 percent (20 of 61) shooting from the field for the game. The Wolverines also out-rebounded Saint Vincent, 48-34. Meanwhile, the Wolverines shot 33 of 66 (50 percent) from the floor as three men scored in double figures.
Senior guard Justice Rice paced Grove City with 14 points while redshirt freshman forward Luca Robinson posted 11 points. Senior forward Joe Meola added 10 points, along with a team-leading seven rebounds.
Grove City used a 23-5 run to surge ahead in the first half. The Wolverines held Saint Vincent without a field goal for over eight minutes during that run. Robinson sparked the run with a jumper while senior guard Erik Meiners put Grove City ahead 14-13 with a three-pointer. Meola scored in the paint and sophomore guard Aaron Good pushed the lead to 18-13 with two free throws.
Junior guard Isaac Thrasher (Grove City High) buried a three-pointer on the final possession of the half to give Grove City a 38-27 halftime lead.
The Wolverines did not relinquish their double-digit lead in the second half and led by as many as 23 points over the final 20 minutes. Grove City shot 17 of 31 (55 percent) from the field in the second half, including 2-for-2 accuracy on three-point attempts.
Junior guard Ben Rose contributed eight points for Grove City and Good finished with seven points. Sophomore forward Elijah White added six rebounds while senior forward Chris McKrell collected five rebounds.
Rice recorded four assists and Rose had three assists. Thirteen men scored for Grove City. Twelve men played 10 minutes or more. Only Meola (21) played more than 20 minutes in the game.
Kaleb Fields led Saint Vincent (2-4) with 15 points.
Grove City will host Thiel at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in conference action. The Wolverines will then host league foe Franciscan at 1 p.m. Saturday.