Small college basketball: W&J women clinch 3rd seed in PAC tournament

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Chelsea Apke made eight of 11 shots and scored 20 points Wednesday night to lead Washington & Jefferson to a 62-44 victory over host Geneva in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference women’s basketball game.


The win by W&J (12-5, 17-7), combined with Waynesburg’s loss at Saint Vincent, clinched the No. 3 seed in next week’s PAC tournament for the Presidents.


Geneva (1-16, 3-21) led 22-17 in the first half before W&J took control with a 19-5 run. Apke scored 11 points during the run.


Valerie Dunlap scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds for W&J, which defeated Geneva for the fifth consecutive time.


Heidi Mann scored 17 points for Geneva.


IUP 59, California 51, OT:


Indiana held visiting California to one point in overtime and defeated the Vulcans 59-51 in a key PSAC West Division game.


The win moved third-place IUP (13-5, 18-6) two games ahead of Cal (11-7, 15-7) in the division.


Cal forced overtime when Ryah Gadson made a three-pointer with 45 seconds left in regulation that tied the score at 50-50. After IUP missed a three-pointer, Gadson had two potential game-winning shots in the final five seconds but neither fell through the basket, sending the game to OT.


The Vulcans then went 0-for-7 from the field, and 1-for-3 at the free-throw line, in overtime. Cal’s lone point in the extra five minutes came on a free throw by Stephanie Michael with 3:41 remaining. Cal was 2-for-7 at the free-throw line in the game compared to 20-for-26 for IUP.


Lindsay Stamp led IUP with 16 points, and Ashley Stoner had 15 points and 12 rebounds.


Ashley Hines, with 12 points, was the only player to score in double figures for Cal.


Saint Vincent 71, Waynesburg 58: Saint Vincent overcame a halftime deficit and broke open a close with a 19-7 run midway through the second half to defeat visiting Waynesburg 71-58 in a key PAC game.


The loss dropped Waynesburg (11-6, 12-12) out of a third-place tie and into the fourth spot in the PAC. The Yellow Jackets will host a first-round game in the conference tournament Tuesday. Saint Vincent (15-2, 19-5) has clinched the No. 2 seed in the tournament.


Waynesburg used a basket by Brittany Spencer with two seconds to play in the first half to take a 29-27 lead. The game remained tight until Saint Vincent’s big run in the second half opened a 64-48 lead for the Bearcats.


Saint Vincent put four players in double figures, led by Devin McGrath’s 14 points. McGrath had six consecutive points during the key stretch of the second half. Elle Collins, Melissa Schmidt and Taylor Mathers each scored 11 points.


Gina Rievel paced Waynesburg with 13 points. Elaine Hasek had 12 points and Paige Pearce grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.


Men’s results


Geneva 64, Wash & Jeff 59: Matt Lorello scored 23 points, including a go-ahead three-pointer with 2:13 remaining, as Geneva upset visiting Washington & Jefferson 64-59 in a PAC game.


Lorello, who made 10 of 12 shots, gave Geneva (3-12, 4-20) a 57-55 lead. The Golden Tornadoes increased their advantage to five points on a three-pointer by Jordan Harbison with 48 seconds left. W&J (6-9, 8-16) then used a three-pointer by Zach Bellhy, who scored a game-high 22 points, and a free throw by Mike Resnick to draw to within 60-59 with 24 seconds to play.


Geneva, however, made four consecutive free throws in the final 17 seconds to secure the win.


Harbison scored half of his 10 points in the final minute, and Kenyon Jackson also had 10 points for Geneva.


Nate Bellhy scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for W&J. Ben Cecchini had 11 points.


Saint Vincent 67, Waynesburg 59: Saint Vincent saw most of an 11-point second-half lead disappear, but the Bearcats responded with a pivotal 9-0 run and went on to defeat visiting Waynesburg 67-59 to remain tied for first place in the PAC.


Saint Vincent (14-1, 19-5) is tied with Thomas More for the conference lead, and the Bearcats and Saints will meet in the regular-season finale Saturday in Latrobe.


Upset-minded Waynesburg (4-12, 9-16) trailed by 11 points early in the second half but used a 9-0 run, capped by Kenny Klase’s three-pointer, to pull to within 53-51 with five minutes left. Saint Vincent never did lose the lead as the Bearcats responded by scoring the next six points.


Isaac Turne had 21 points to pace SV. Sean Kett scored 14 points and Edmond Wright had 10.


Thomas Ellis came off the bench to score a team-high 16 for Waynesburg. Nate Labishak had 12 and B.J. Durham 10.


Indiana 70, California 53: Anthony Wells scored 24 points, including five three-point field goals, and Indiana remained in sole possession of first place in the PSAC’s West Division with a 70-53 victory over visiting California.


Marcell Souberbielle added 15 points for IUP (14-3, 18-3) and Mathias Keita and Josh Wiegand each had 10.


Chris Williams paced Cal (8-9, 9-12) with 15 points and was followed by Tynell Fortune with 11.


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