Local college basketball roundup
The California University women’s basketball team improved to 4-0 this season with its second consecutive road victory, this one over previously undefeated West Chester, 78-66, on Saturday afternoon.
Senior guard Stephanie Michael had a team-high 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting. She also had four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Junior forward Ashley Hines had her third double-double of the year with 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Vulcans, who shot 47.1 percent from the field and led, 44-28, at halftime.
Thomas More 77, Waynesburg 68:Waynesburg shot just 30 percent from the field, while Thomas More made 26 of 42 free throws en route to a 77-68 home loss for the Yellow Jackets to the six-time defending PAC champions.
Three Waynesburg players reached double figures, led by Lauren Blair’s 11 points. Brittany Spencer and Hayden Giuliani had 10 points apiece, and Paige Pearce pulled down 10 rebounds.
Waynesburg trailed by three at 52-49, but Thomas More put together an 8-1 run to push the lead back to double-digits at 60-50. The closest Waynesburg would get the rest of the way is six.
W&J 65, Thiel 50: Chelsea Apke and Valerie Dunlap each had double-doubles, as the W&J women’s team cruised to a 65-50 win at Thiel to improve to 2-0 in PAC play, 5-1 overall.
Apke had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Dunlap helped out with 13 points and 10 rebounds while also posting two blocks and two steals. Kara Seamon finished with 11 points and also dished out a team-high four assists.
W&J held a 42-35 edge in rebounds, shot 37 percent (24 of 65) from the field and knocked down a season-high nine 3-pointers.
West Chester 83, California 78: West Chester converted on seven of eight free throw attempts in the final 30 seconds to secure an 83-78 victory over California in a PSAC crossover game.
Carl Johnson made the final two with no time on the clock to make it a five-point deficit. West Chester sank 25 of 30 free throws. Corey Blake had a team-high 19 points for West Chester (3-2, 1-0), Tim Flecken and Johnson each scored 13, and John Breeden and Harley Williamson each had 11 points.
Keith Lowe scored a game-high 25 points for Cal (1-3, 0-1) and Quentin Harding had a double-double, 12 points and 10 rebounds. Tynell Fortune scored 14 points and handed out six assists.
Thomas More 54, Waynesburg 42: Thomas More broke open a close game by outscoring Waynesburg, 30-17, in the second half, putting away a 54-42 victory in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference game.
Thomas More (2-0, 7-0) and Waynesburg (0-2, 2-4) shot a combined 30 percent from the field and neither team scored in the final 1:11 of the game. The game was tied, 38-38, with 6:54 to play, but the Saints outscored the Yellow Jackets, 6-4, the rest of the way.
Cameron Clemons led Thomas More with 12 points, and Chris Richard and Josef Marshall each had seven rebounds. Jason Probst led Waynesburg with 14 points and had nine rebounds. Kenny Klase had seven points and nine rebounds.
Thiel 57, Wash & Jeff 48: Thiel made a second-half run and Washington & Jefferson, which was missing a key player, suffered a 57-48 loss to the Tomcats in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference game.
W&J (1-1, 2-5) was playing without Nate Bellhy, who injured his ankle in a Wednesday win over Westminster. R.J. Pilato led the Presidents with 11 points and Brett RubinGoldstein added eight.
Thiel, which outscored W&J 32-21 over the final 20 minutes, was paced by Kamran McCaskill’s 22 points. R.J. Brownlee added 13 points and Ladell Trotty 10 points and nine rebounds. Thiel outrebounded W&J, 44-28.