Cal women advance in PSAC tournament
Stephanie Michael scored 18 points and made six of California University’s 11 three-point field goals as the Vulcans rolled to a 72-42 victory over Clarion in the first round of the PSAC women’s basketball tournament Saturday night at the Convocation Center.
California (20-7), the fourth seed from the West Division, advances to the quarterfinals Tuesday (5:30 p.m.) and will play at Gannon (26-3), the West’s top seed. Gannon received a first-round bye.
Clarion ends the year with a 13-16 record.
California, which defeated Clarion 68-64 in the regular-season finale Wednesday, forced 29 turnovers by the Golden Eagles. Clarion also made just one of 13 three-point attempts.
The Vulcans had no such long-range shooting woes. Michael was 6-for-10 from three-point range and the Vulcans made 11 of 21 attempts.
Chelsea McKnight was the only other Cal player to score in double figures with 15 points, which included three three-pointers.
Emma Fickle scored 13 points for Clarion. Tonia Holmes, who had 19 points Wednesday, was held to two points.
Swarthmore 78, Wash & Jeff 63: Second-seeded Swarthmore received 21 points from Katie Lytle and advanced to the ECAC Southern Division women’s tournament championship game with a 78-63 victory over Washington & Jefferson in the semifinals Saturday afternoon at Johnston Hall in Bethlehem.
The loss ended W&J’s season with a 21-9 record.
The Presidents held a one-point lead with two minutes remaining in the first half, but Swarthmore (22-7) took control of the game by putting together a 28-7 run that opened a 53-33 lead for the Garnet with less than 14 minutes left.
Swarthmore battled back behind the hot shooting of Lytle, who scored 12 first-half points, including a three-pointer just before halftime that gave Swarthmore a 34-29 lead.
The Garnet used a three-point barrage, including three in a row, to extend its lead to 20 points.
The Presidents chipped away at the deficit over the next three minutes. Chelsea Apke had three consecutive points and Emily Abraham made a pair of free throws, bringing W&J within 58-44.
However, Lytle provided the answer for the Garnet as she made a pair of free throws and followed with a jumper that pushed the advantage back to 19 points. W&J was unable to trim Swarthmore’s lead below 15 the rest of the way.
W&J’s Valerie Dunlap produced her 12th double-double with a career-high 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Presidents. Her 283 rebounds rank as the fifth-highest single-season total in W&J history. Dunlap also set Presidents’ record with 83 blocked shots.
Abraham had 10 points and concluded her career with 126 three-pointers, the fourth-highest total in Presidents history. Point guard Kara Seamon matched a career-high with eight assists.
Elle Larsen scored 18 points for Swarthmore.
Slippery Rock 85, California 71: California received a game-high 25 points from Keith Lowe, made 11 three-point field goals and committed only nine turnovers but it wasn’t enough as the Vulcans lost to host Slippery Rock, 85-71, in the first round of the PSAC tournament.
Cal ends the season with a 12-15 record.
Slippery Rock (20-7), which will play at Gannon (22-6) Tuesday in the quarterfinals, received 20 points each from Sa’Quan Davis and Tabari Perry.
The Rock led 29-27 with 5:43 remaining in the first half after a basket by Lowe. Slippery Rock then scored 14 consecutive points over the next four minutes to build a 16-point lead.
Cal pulled to within seven points early in the second half following a three-point by Lowe, but the Vulcans could get no closer.
The Vulcans were 11-for-21 from three-point range, with Lowe making five of eight. Jake Jacubec scored 14 points and made four three-pointers, and Tynell Fortune had 12 points.