Junior Chelsea Apke made a strong impression during her debut weekend for the Washington & Jefferson women’s basketball team. Apke, a transfer from NCAA Division I Presbyterian who sat out last year with an injury, was named Most Valuable Player of the Pennn State Behrend tournament after leading W&J to a 63-62 victory over the host team in the championship game Sunday afternoon in Erie.
Apke scored had team-highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds as W&J has opened the season with consecutive wins. Apke had 17 points and 12 rebounds in the Presidents’ 64-54 victory over SUNY-Fredonia in Saturday night’s first round. Against Behrend, Apke was 10-for-10 at the free-throw line.
W&J led Behrend (1-1) 35-27 at halftime and pushed the advantage to 10 points early in the second half. Behrend, behind a game-high 19 points from Ally Burke, rallied and grabbed a four-point lead at 56-52. Apke, however, scored six consecutive points to give W&J the lead for good.
The Presidents led 63-56 after a basket by freshman Beka Bellhy, who scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds. The Bellhy basket was the last for W&J, which did not score in the game’s final 4:44, but the Presidents’ defense shut out Behrend following a layup by Burke that pulled the Lions to within 63-62 with 1:57 left. Behrend had the game’s final possession but Burke missed a desperation shot at the buzzer.
Julia Myers scored 15 points and Brianna Bayly had 11 for Behrend.
Bellhy was chosen for the all-tournament team.
Hood 71, Wash & Jeff 70: Jeremy Veres scored four of his 12 points early in overtime and helped Hood to a 71-70 come-from-behind victory over Washington & Jefferson in the consolation game of the Washington Area Credit Union tournament at Henry Memorial Center.
Ohio Northern won the tournament by defeating Penn State-Beaver, 78-60, in the title game.
Hood (1-1) forced overtime when Reggie Daniels made a 27-foot three-point shot as time exprired in regulation.
Veres made four free throws early in the overtime, and Justin Bowens, who scored only seven points in the game, made two baskets late in overtime that gave Hood a four-point lead.
W&J’s Zach Bellhy, who scored a game-high 27 points, made a three-pointer as time expired. Bellhy was named to the all-tournament team.
Mike Resnick came off the bench to score 15 points for W&J (0-3) and Nate Bellhy had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Cameron Cook led Hood with 17 points, which included five three-pointers. Trey Quinn had 10 points.