Small college basketball: Cal women upset No. 6 Gannon
Stephanie Michael scored a career-high 25 points and made five of six shots from three-point range as hot-shooting California stunned Gannon, the No. 6-ranked team in NCAA Division II, 81-73, Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
Gannon (15-2, 21-3) had its six-game winning streak end. Despite the loss, the Golden Knights remain first place in the PSAC’s West Division.
California (11-6, 15-6) shot 54 percent and made eight of 12 from three-point range with Michael doing the most damage.
The Vulcans never trailed and held a 36-32 advantage at halftime. Gannon, which shot 59 percent but committed 25 turnovers, pulled to within one point twice in the second half, the last time at 45-44 with 15:10 remaining. But Michael made a three-pointer to keep Cal in the lead, then added another trey during a 10-2 run that pushed the Vulcans’ lead to 60-50. Gannon never got closer than six points the rest of the way.
Emma Mahady also had a big game for Cal with 19 points. Irina Kukolj scored 13 points and Ryah Gadson had 10. Point guard Kate Seebohm had eight assists.
Jen Papich and Nettie Blake each scored 20 points for Gannon. Mollie Sebald came off the bench to score 16 and Jennie Thies had 10.
Waynesburg 70, Westminster 61: Jessi Drayer scored a game-high 20 points, and Paige Pearce and Lauren Blair led a second-half charge that pushed visiting Waynesburg to a 70-61 victory over Westminster in a key Presidents’ Athletic Conference game.
The win clinched a home game for Waynesburg (11-5, 12-11) in the first round of the PAC tournament. The Yellow Jackets remain tied with Washington & Jefferson for third place in the PAC.
Westminster (8-8, 10-13) led by nine points in the first half and by five at halftime, but Waynesburg opened the second half with a 19-5 run that opened a 45-36 lead. Blair scored eight of her 10 points, and Pearce had all seven of her seven points, during the run.
Westminster cut the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 66-61 with 2:31 remaining, but Waynesburg held the Titans scoreless the rest of the way.
Brittany Spencer scored 11 points and Gina Rievel had 10 for Waynesburg.
Westminster was led by Katie Hughes’ 17 points and game-high 11 rebounds. Gabby Holko had 13 points.
Wash & Jeff 69, Chatham 37: Led by a double-double from Chelsea Apke, Washington & Jefferson rolled to a 69-37 victory over host Chatham in a PAC game.
Apke had game highs of 16 points and 11 points to give with five assists while leading the Presidents (11-5, 16-7), who remained in a third-place tie in the PAC with Waynesburg.
Beka Bellhy scored 11 points and had five rebounds for W&J, which led 35-18 at halftime. The Presidents scored the game’s first 11 points and had a 17-4 run later in the first half.
Emily Schmidt, a Ringgold graduate, led Chatham (2-14, 3-20) with 15 points and seven rebounds. The Cougars shot only 18 percent from the field.
Gannon 56, California 53: Tanner Furno scored all 12 of his points in the second half and Gannon rallied to edge California 56-53 in a PSAC West Division game at the Convocation Center.
Gannon (13-4, 19-4) began the day one game out of first place in the division.
The Golden Knights took the lead for good at 48-46 on a three-pointer by Robert Wilson with 4:25 remaining. The basket started a 9-0 run by Gannon, but California scored eight points in the final 39 seconds. The Vulcans had a chance to force overtime, but Keith Lowe’s desperation three-pointer missed at the buzzer.
Furno led Gannon in scoring and Wilson had 11 points.
Jake Jacubec and Chris Williams each scored 11 points for Cal, and Tynell Fortune had 10.
Westminster 69, Waynesburg 66: Westminster used an 11-0 second-half run to take the lead, then held off a late surge by visiting Waynesburg to beat the Yellow Jackets 69-66 in a PAC game.
The loss snapped a four-game losing streak by Westminster (3-11, 7-15).
The Titans put four players in double figures, led by Anthony Thomas’ 22 points. Paul Carswell had 14 points, and Doug Smith and Ron Martino 11 each.
Westminster led 56-46 with 10 minutes remaining following its big second-half surge. Waynesburg (4-11, 9-15), which led by as many as nine points in the first half, used a 10-0 run to pull to within 66-64 with 1:10 left but could get no closer.
Jason Propst led the Yellow Jackets with 16 points. Jacob Fleegle and Casey Hope each had 12 points and Kenny Klase scored 10.