Gannon moves past Pitt-Johnstown; Brunelli reaches 100 career wins
ERIE, Pa. -- Five Lady Knights reached double digits as No. 5 Gannon dominated Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West Division opponent Pitt-Johnstown 86-47 at the Hammermill Center on Wednesday evening. The Lady Knights improved to 18-1 overall and 7-1 in divisional play, while the Lady Cats fall to 6-11 on the season and 3-4 in the division. For head coach Jim Brunelli, the win marked his 100th career victory.
For the second time this season, five Lady Knights reached double digits. Appearing in her 50th career game for the Maroon and Gold, sophomore Morgan Neighbors led the Lady Knights with a career game-high 16 points, adding three rebounds, a steal and an assist. Junior Nettie Blake followed with 13 points and four rebounds along with two steals and assists each. Junior Brittany Batts tallied 12 points including a trio of threes.
Junior Candice Hendricks scored a season game-high 11 points, while registering three boards and two steals. Junior Mollie Sebald tacked on 10 points to go along with two rebounds and two assists. Senior Kelley Sundberg finished with a game-high five assists to record her 502nd career assist, moving her into sixth place on the program's all-time list.
No. 1 Bentley 87, New Haven 65
WEST HAVEN, Conn. -- Senior post Jacqui Brugliera powered her way to a season-high 26 points and nine rebounds as Bentley remained undefeated with a wire-to-wire 87-65 win against New Haven in Northeast-10 Conference action on Wednesday night at Charger Gymnasium.
The win put Bentley coach Barbara Stevens on the brink of joining the elite 900-win club. Owner of a career mark of 899-246, she'll make her first attempt to become only the sixth NCAA women's basketball coach to amass 900 victories on Saturday afternoon when the Falcons host Saint Anselm.
Bentley improved to 17-0 overall and 12-0 NE-10 while extending its lead in the NE-10 Northeast Division to four-and-a-half games.
Northeastern State 59, No. 2 Emporia State 44
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- Second-ranked Lady Hornets were held to their lowest point total in almost two years as they suffered their first defeat of the season 59-44 at Northeastern State.
Emporia State never led in the game as Northeastern State jumped out to an 11-2 lead. All four buckets during the run for the RiverHawks came with less than ten seconds left on the shot clock. The Lady Hornets ended the half on a 9-4 run to pull within 25-24 at the break.
Northeastern State opened the second half with a 9-1 run to take a 34-25 lead with 15:42 left in the game. The Lady Hornets would not get within seven points the rest of the night as the RiverHawks built an 18 point lead with 4:20 left in the game.
Desiree Wylie had nine points to lead Emporia State as no Lady Hornet reached double figures. Amber Vandiver had a game high ten rebounds, however the Lady Hornets only scored 16 second chance points off of 18 offensive rebouinds.
No. 3 Nova Southeastern 80, Florida Tech 71
MELBOURNE, Fla. -- Nova Southeastern outscored Florida Tech 31-9 to start the second half, erasing a six-point halftime deficit as they topped the Panthers 80-71 on Wednesday night at the Clemente Center.
Florida Tech (12-6, 3-3 SSC) forced 15 Shark turnovers in the first half and led 35-29. Taylor Buie scored eight points in less than four minutes to begin the second, with her free throws at the 18:05 mark giving NSU (15-0, 6-0 SSC) the lead.
Buie, Richelle Carach and Danielle Robinson combined for the first 17 points after the break for the Sharks. A breakaway layup by Amanda Burakoski, on a nice one-handed assist from Buie, capped a 19-5 NSU run and gave NSU a 48-40 lead with 14:08 left.
Kayk Wilson, the second-leading scorer in the conference coming in, scored her first points on Wednesday with two free throws at 13:58, making it a six-point game, 48-42. That would be the closest the Panthers would get, as Molly Blomer made back-to-back 3-pointers on the next two Shark possessions, followed by another 3-pointer by Robinson.
NSU shot 64 percent in the second half (18-for-28) and were 7-of-12 from behind the arc (10-for-20 overall). They also took much better care of the ball, not committing their third turnover after the break until the 7:52 mark.
No. 7 West Texas A&M 82, No. 17 Tarleton State 60
CANYON, Texas -- A season-high 12 triples and 51 points in the first half highlighted No. 7 West Texas A&M to its seventh consecutive victory Wednesday evening against No. 17 Tarleton State 82-60 in the First United Bank Center in a battle of Lone Star Conference heavyweights. With the victory, WT improved to 14-1 overall and a league-best 5-0 mark in LSC play. Tarleton State fell to 13-3 overall and 4-2 in the LSC.
Casey Land led all scorers with a season-high 22 points on 7 of 11 from the field and 4 of 7 from beyond the arc along with four free throws. Devin Griffin chipped in 14 points on 5 of 10 from the field and 4 of 6 from the line, while Raven Gerald added 10 points and a team-high six assists and three steals.
The Lady Buffs shot 57.1 percent from beyond the arc on 12 of 21. They were 26 of 59 from the field for 44.1 percent and were 18 of 26 from the line for 69.2 percent. WT out rebounded the TexAnns 36-33 and 16-10 on the offensive end leading to a 12-4 margin in second-chance points. WT held a 30-15 lead in points off 21 TSU miscues.
Tarleton State was led by LSC leading scorer Kiara Wright with a double-double on 15 points and 10 rebounds. She was 6 of 10 from the field and 3 of 4 from the line. Iowa transfer Kathy Thomas and Brianna Bledsoe each added 10 points.
No. 8 Central Missouri 71, Lincoln (Mo.) 70
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Jennies erased an 11-point deficit in the second half to defeat Lincoln (Mo.) 71-70 at Jason Gynmasium on Wednesday night.
Senior forward Keuna Flax scored 35 points - a new career-high - after scoring just two points at Northwest Missouri last Saturday. Revonnia Howard collected her third double-double on the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
The Jennies fell behind early 13-9, but fought to take a 17-15 lead with 10:47 in the first half, capped off by a jumper from Flax.
With 33 seconds left, Jennifer Rosado pulled Lincoln back to within one at 71-70 with a three-pointer.
Shelby Winkelmann turned the ball over on the next Jennies possession, but UCM closed the game on a strong defensive stand, forcing a turnover by Hunter with four seconds on the clock.
With the victory, the Jennies improve to 7-2 on the road - their best mark away from the Multipurpose Building since the 2004-05 season (started 8-1).