WOOSTER, Ohio – Led by first-year Maria Janasko's 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, The College of Wooster women's basketball team opened the 2017-18 campaign with a 68-57 over Geneva College (Pa.) on Wednesday night at Timken Gymnasium.
Janasko was one of 11 players to score for Wooster (1-0), who rode a 26-point third quarter to ultimately seal the win.
|Junior Kyle Croxton scored nine of Wooster's 26 third-period points.|
Junior Anna Gibbs followed up with 12 points on nine shots in addition to a game-high four steals.
For Geneva (0-1), junior Callie Ford totaled a game-high 18 points on 17 shots.
Janasko started out her first collegiate game with a perfect 3-for-3 shooting in the first period, as the Scots held a 19-15 edge going into the first break.
At 22-17 with 8:33 left in the opening half, first-year Sarah Rapacz pulled down an offensive board for a put-back and-one to kick-start a mini 9-4 Wooster run. The Scots outscored the Golden Tornadoes 15-9 in the second frame to take a 34-24 lead heading into halftime.
Lights-out shooting from all areas of the court propelled Wooster in the third period.
The Scots shot 58.8 percent from the field, including 2-for-4 from three-point range and 4-for-5 from the charity stripe. Junior Kyle Croxton showed up in a big way, leading the Scots with nine points in six minutes during the third period. The junior guard out of Columbus, Ohio went 3-for-4 from the field, which included a strong and-one take to increase Wooster's lead to 21 (49-28) with 5:40 remaining in the period.
Nearly a minute later, Croxton extended the Scots' lead to 24 – their largest of the game – with a three-pointer off the pass from first-year Sarah Marion.
With a 60-40 lead at the start of the fourth, Geneva eventually cut the deficit back to single-digits with a 17-5 run over the opening 6:32, before Janasko delivered with a momentum-shifting and-one layup to push the lead back to 10.
Wooster held the Golden Tornadoes scoreless over the final 3:28 to seal the win and defeat Geneva for the second straight season.
Up next, Wooster hosts Alma College on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. as part of the Nan Nichols Classic.