BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- With only three seconds remaining, senior Jen Papich pulled inside with a quick layup off an in-bound pass, as No. 2 Gannon defeated the reigning Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) champion Bloomsburg 65-63 at the Nelson Field House on Saturday afternoon in conference-crossover action.
The Lady Knights improve to 12-0 on the season, while the Huskies drop to 7-3.
Trailing 63-59 following a 3-pointer by Catherine Noack with 1:55 remaining, the Lady Knights stormed down the court to pull within two of the Huskies off a layup by Papich. On Bloomsburg's next possession, Papich forced the Huskies into a turnover off a steal leading to an inside bucket by junior Nettie Blake to tie the game at 63 with 38 seconds remaining.
A missed opportunity by Bloomsburg with 17 seconds was pulled off the glass by Blake with the Lady Knights calling a timeout. Off the inbounds pass, Papich slid inside for the go-ahead bucket, putting the Lady Knights in the lead 65-63 with only three seconds remaining. Bloomsburg's last desperation shot missed, as the Lady Knights rallied for the win.
The Lady Knights trailed the Huskies for most of the final five minutes of the game until the team went ahead for the win in the final three seconds. A rematch of last season's PSAC title game, the Lady Knights and Huskies battled each second of the game until the final horn.
No. 1 Bentley 71, LIU Post 59
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. -- Freshman forward Jen Gemma established new career bests with 20 points and 12 rebounds, accomplishing those impressive numbers in just 17 minutes off the bench, as Bentley, the No. 1 team, improved to 11-0 with a 71-59 win against LIU Post in non-conference basketball Saturday afternoon at the Pratt Recreation Center.
Bentley vaulted out to a 35-18 halftime lead, led by as many as 21 four times in the second half and withstood a late Pioneer charge to record its 55th win in its last 58 games. It also moved coach Barbara Stevens to within seven wins of the 900-victory milestone.
The Falcons, whose only deficit came at 4-2, used a run of nine unanswered points to take its first double-digit lead of the afternoon at 23-13. Gemma accounted for the first six and senior All-Conference forward Jacqui Brugliera converted a three-point play to make it a 10-point spread.
No. 3 Emporia State 77, Missouri Southern State 56
EMPORIA, Kan. -- Emporia State ran its record to 11-0 with a 77-56 win against Missouri Southern State in White Auditorium on Saturday afternoon.
Missouri Southern jumped out early and put the Lady Hornets in their biggest deficit of the season with an 8-3 lead just three minutes into the game.
Emporia State responded with a 7-2 run of its own to tie the game at 10-10 with 11:11 left in the half. There were four lead changes and four ties the rest of the half before the teams settled into a 24-24 tie at the break.
After Alexis Fitzpatrick hit a 3 to open the second half for the Lions, the Lady Hornets went on a 10-1 run to take the lead for good. It was a four-point game at 34-30 when Laura Patrick scored 12 points in a span of 2:42 to give the Lady Hornets a 46-37 lead with 14:13 left. The lead would reach 23 before Emporia State finished off the 77-56 win to improve to 3-0 in the MIAA.
Patrick ended the game with 21 points, her third consecutive game with 21 while Kionna Kellogg had 12 points. Amber Vandiver led all rebounders with 11 boards as the Lady Hornets outrebounded the Lions 45-24 on the day.
No. 5 Colorado Mesa 75, Adams State 55
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Senior guard Sharaya Selsor scored her 1,000th point of her Colorado Mesa career in the Mavericks 75-55 win against Adams State Grizzlies on Saturday night in Brownson Arena.
Selsor finished with a game-high 32 points, five rebounds and two assists. This is the fourth time this season she has eclipsed the 30-point mark.
Her 1,000th point came on a 3-point basket from just off the top of the key. She becomes the 17th player in Colorado Mesa women's basketball history to reach 1,000 points in their career and trails sister Katrina by 15 points for 16th on the list.
Hannah Pollart finished the night with a season-high 13 points and eight rebounds. Pollart also tied a season-high by handing out four assists.
Lenoir-Rhyne 73, No. 7 Clayton State 66
MORROW, Ga. -- Clayton State dropped a close one Saturday, falling to region rival Lenoir-Rhyne 73-66 in the Heritage Bank Holiday Classic at the Athletics Center.
After a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Kayla Pryce tied the game at 57 apiece with 5:59 remaining, the Bears went on an 11-2 run over the next four minutes to take control of the game.
Lenior-Rhyne went 8-for-8 from the free-throw line during the game-deciding stretch to seal the victory. Two free throws by guard Krystal Patton gave the Bears a nine-point lead 70-61 with 1:48 left.
A 3-pointer by Laker guard Tiayra Green with 28 seconds left cut the Bear lead to six points 72-60, but that was as close as Clayton State would come. The loss is only the second time the Lakers have fallen at the Athletics Center in the past 41 home games. The loss also snaps a 19-game winning streak in the Heritage Bank Holiday Classic, dating back to 2003.
No. 8 Central Missouri 84, Northeastern State 73
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- The No. 8 Jennies earned an 84-73 win against Northeastern State at the NSU Event Center on Saturday afternoon.
Central Missouri (9-1, 3-0 MIAA) and Northeastern State (5-6, 2-2 MIAA) battled to a 73-73 tie with 4:35 to go in the game before the Jennies closed the contest scoring 11 unanswered points to keep their win streak intact at four games.
A back-and-forth contest was highlighted by 12 lead changes and eight ties. UCM started out fast to a 10-point edge at 16-6 just 6:38 into the game - six of those points belonging to Keuna Flax. Northeastern State scored the next 10 points to knot the game at 16 apiece with 10:30 left in the opening half. The RiverHawks gained their biggest lead of the first half when Sarah Sagely nailed a jumper with 1:55 to increase NSU's lead to three at 35-32.
No. 10 West Texas A&M 74, No. 9 Seattle Pacific 65
SEATTLE -- Down by as many as 14 in the first half, No. 10 West Texas A&M battled back by shooting 68 percent in the second half for a 74-65 victory at No. 9 Seattle Pacific on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, WT improved to 9-1 on the year, while SPU fell to 8-2.
The Lady Buffs battled back in both games of the road trip with strong second halves in the win Thursday versus Simon Fraser and again on Saturday. WT won both games this weekend closing out a brutal three-game stretch against three quality teams. The Lady Buffs started out the road swing with a loss at No. 3 Emporia State before heading to the Pacific Northwest with the wins against Simon Fraser and Seattle Pacific.
WT had four players in double figures led by 19 points from senior Casey Land as she was 6 of 9 from the field and 5 of 6 from beyond the arc. Senior Devin Griffin had 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while junior Chontiquah White tallied 15 points on 6 of 10 form the field and 3 of 3 from the line. Senior Lacee Logan chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds.