W&J women keep rolling
Washington & Jefferson’s Chelsea Apke, pictured here in this file photo, had 28 points in a 64-59 win over Saint Vincent at Henry Memorial Center. The Presidents are now 3-0 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, 6-1 overall.
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The Washington & Jefferson College women’s basketball team earned its third consecutive victory with a 64-59 win over Saint Vincent on Wednesday night at Henry Memorial Center.
Forward Chelsea Apke led the Presidents with 28 points and nine rebounds while making 10 of 14 shots from the field. Alexa Burzese contributed nine points, and Beka Bellhy (Fort Cherry) and Valerie Dunlap each had seven. Dunlap pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.
W&J improved to 3-0 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, 6-1 overall, despite committing 30 turnovers. The Presidents did, however, hold a 46-31 advantage on the boards while allowing the Bearcats (2-1, 4-3) to shoot just 31.3 percent (20 of 64).
Kara Seamon and Dunlap both had four assists. Devin McGrath had 25 points and 13 rebounds for Saint Vincent.
The win snapped W&J’s five-game losing streak to the Bearcats and has them a half-game back of Thomas More (7-1) for the conference lead.
Saint Vincent 73, W&J 63:
Zach Bellhy had a game-high 18 points and Ben Cecchini added 15, but the W&J men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a nine-point halftime deficit at Henry Memorial Center against the Bearcats.
With the loss, W&J falls to 1-2 in Presidents’ Athletic Conference play, 2-6 overall. Saint Vincent is now 2-0, 6-2.
The Presidents tied the score twice in the second half, but each time St. Vincent responded. Tied at 61, Saint Vincent’s Isaac Turner made a jumper and completed a three-point play to give the Bearcats a 66-61 lead.
W&J continued PAC play on Saturday when it travels to Thomas More for a 3 p.m. tip-off.
J.T. Schwartz scored a game-high 19 points and Grove City overcame a double-digit first-half deficit to beat host Waynesburg 55-49 in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference game.
It was the first win of the season for Grove City (1-2, 1-5). Waynesburg led by as many as 10 points in the first half before falling to 0-3, 2-5.
Nate Rambacher made a jump shot from the lane and followed it with a banked-in free throw to give Grove City the lead for good at 46-43 with 2:46 remaining. Rambacher’s points started a 7-0 run by the Wolverines.
Waynesburg used a layup by Kenny Klase and short turnaround jumper by Jason Propst to pull to within 50-47 with 56 seconds left, but the Yellow Jackets could get no closer as Grove City’s Christian Durbin made four clutch free throws down the stretch.
Durbin finished with 10 points.
Propst led Waynesburg with 15 points and Klase came off the bench to contribute 10, but the Yellow Jackets couldn’t overcome shooting just 32 percent from the field. Waynesburg made only one of 18 three-point attempts.
It is the third game Waynesburg has lost while shooting 32 percent or less.
“It seems that we’re getting reasonable looks. We’re just in a phase in which we’re not trusting each other or the offense as well as we need to be,” Waynesburg coach Mark Christner said.
Deniz Kilicli scored a season-high 21 points to lead West Virginia to a 69-59 win over Marshall on Wednesday night. West Virginia (3-3) beat its intrastate rival for the sixth time in the last seven meetings and improved to 30-11 all-time in the series. The Mountaineers looked lethargic early, went ahead to stay late in the first half and extended the lead to as many as 11 points after halftime. Juwan Staten added 12 points for West Virginia. D.D. Scarver scored 17 points, Elijah Pittman added 16 and DeAndre Kane had 13 for Marshall (5-4).