The Waynesburg University Women’s basketball team’s long awaited first win of the season came at the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse this past Saturday. The Lady Jackets defeated the Thiel Tomcats (1-6) 64-47 on Senior Day to improve to 1-7 with just one game remaining on the season.
The win was made even sweeter when Senior guard Andrea Orlosky scored her 1,000th career point in the second half.
“Honestly, the stress is finally gone because I knew it was close so to have it over with I can relax and enjoy it,” Orlosky said. “I didn’t even know it was achievable in college so the fact that I was able to get it in college makes it so much more memorable.”
Waynesburg trailed once in the game after Thiel scored the opening basket. The Lady Jackets and Tomcats battled back and forth, but Waynesburg had a 12-10 lead with four minutes left in the first quarter. The Yellow Jackets broke the game wide open with an 18-2 run making the score 30-12. Thiel tried to push back late in the second quarter, but Waynesburg held on for a 38-28 lead at halftime. The Yellow Jackets kept the offense rolling, and managed to be up by 18 before ending the game up 17.
“Defensively I thought we did a really nice job,” said Waynesburg Head Coach Sam Jones. “We won the battle on the boards, and we took really good care of the basketball. We executed on offense and paid attention to the details.”
Orlosky ended the day with a double-double, leading all scoring with 18 points. Her 10 rebounds helped her continue to lead the Presidents’ Athletic Conference in rebounding.
Coach Jones talked highly of Orlosky and praised her accomplishment.
“After sophomore year I expected it to happen… I knew it was a matter of time, he said. “Well deserved. Fantastic young woman,” Jones said.
Waynesburg had two more double digit efforts from Junior forward Brooke Fuller who scored 12 points, and Freshman guard Avery Robinson who put up 11.
The only other senior, Elena McDermott, tied a career high of seven rebounds in the win, and added six points.
Sophomore forward Destiny Johnson led Thiel in scoring and rebounds with 16 points and 8 boards.
Waynesburg shot over 35 percent for attempted field goals going 24 of 68. The Lady Jackets also made 12 of 13 free throws, and edged out Tiel 47-45 in rebounding.
Waynesburg will close out the regular season Tuesday March 9, hosting Franciscan at the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse.