The Waynesburg University women’s basketball team had a dominant win at home against the Geneva Golden Tornadoes Wednesday evening, 93-58.
The Yellow Jackets’ victory didn’t look as if it would be that way early on. The team held just a four-point lead at the end of the first quarter.
But Waynesburg broke open the ball game with a dominant second quarter, putting up 18 points and holding Geneva to a mere five points.
“I really thought we defended well the last three quarters,” said coach Sam Jones.
Jones was happy with the team’s effort and its top performers.
“We got into a rhythm,” Jones said. “Alli was hitting shots. Andrea was hitting them. Brooke was eating them up inside,” Jones said.
Hitting shots they were. Alli DeLany had 22 points on the night. Brooke Fuller had 16 points and seven rebounds. Andrea Orlosky mad one of the best performances of her college career with a team leading 25 points, and a team leading 13 rebounds.
Orlosky led the Jackets in scoring both times this season against Geneva notching 21 on Jan. 4, before adding the 25 in the second meeting.
“I had a good game the first time we played them, so I figured I should play well this time around. My confidence was pretty high,” Orlosky said.
After their second battle this season, Jones thinks it’s clear that Orlosky plays exceptionally well against the Golden Tornadoes.
“She’s just a matchup problem for them. They don’t really have anyone who can guard her. She does a nice job of finding open spots to shoot from,” Jones said.
The Jackets managed to hold most of Geneva’s roster in check, with the exception of Lauren Tipton.
Tipton notched 15 points, along with 16 rebounds. Tipton shot 10 of 19 from the floor, and five of eight from the free throw line.
“We didn’t do a very good job of defending her to be quite honest. She’s just a great player,” Jones said.
“We really focused in on Tipton,” Orlosky said. “We wanted to contest her shots and make her kick out since Geneva isn’t the best shooting team..”
Another key in the victory was the small amount of turnovers by Waynesburg.
The team had nine less turnovers in their second bout with Geneva. Waynesburg’s ability to create turnovers may have been one of the main keys to victory, as they scored 29 points off of them.
The Jackets are off this weekend, but they’ll be back in action Wednesday, as they travel to take on PAC foe, W&J.
As they enter the stretch run, Jones is hoping they continue to build off of what was an impressive victory.
“It’ll boil down to defensive intensity and taking care of the basketball,” Jones said. “We just have to continue to do a better job of taking care of those things.”