Cal U women upset No. 6 Gannon
Senior Stephanie Michael and sophomore Emma Mahady both set career highs in points on Saturday afternoon, as the Vulcans earned an 81-73 upset win over No. 6 Gannon at the Convocation Center in PSAC West play.
The Vulcans (15-6, 11-6) have now clinched a berth in the PSAC Tournament. They have won the last three home meetings against the Golden Knights (21-3, 15-2).
Michael established a career high with 25 points, with 17 coming in the second half. The hot-shooting senior hit six-of-nine from the floor, including five-of-six from beyond the arc.
Mahady finished with 19 points. She also collected three assists and two steals while tying her career high with 34 minutes.
Fellow sophomore Irina Kukolj posted 13 points and a career-high five steals, while junior Ryah Gadson added 10 points off the bench.
Early in the game, Cal U took advantage of an 11-2 run over three-plus minutes to take a 17-7 lead with 12:00 left in the first half.
Cal U extended their lead to as many as 16 in the second half and later sealed the victory by making seven-of-eight attempts at the free-throw line in the final minute.
The Vulcans scored 31 points off turnovers after forcing the Golden Knights into 25 turnovers.
Junior Jen Papich and sophomore Nettie Blake both scored 20 points for Gannon, while Mollie Sebald and Jennie Thies added 16 and 10 points respectively off the bench.
The Vulcans return to action on Wednesday when they travel to face IUP at 5:30 p.m.
MenGannon 56, Cal U 53
The Vulcans missed a potential game-tying three-pointer as time expired on Saturday and fell, 56-53, to Gannon.
With the loss, the Vulcans fall to 9-12 this season with an 8-9 mark in league play. The win was the Golden Knights first at Cal U since 1954-55.
Cal U freshman Jake Jacubec and junior Chris Williams both scored a team-high 11 points in the loss.
Sophomore Tynell Fortune added 10 points off the bench.
The Vulcans managed a 9-2 run to take a 40-36 lead with 9:48 left to play before the Golden Knights followed with seven-unanswered points. Gannon then seized control of the game with an 11-0 run over four-plus minutes.
The Golden Knights (19-4, 13-4) made one of two free-throws to stretch the lead to 56-53 with 10 seconds remaining before a three-pointer by Lowe rimmed out as time expired.
Gannon senior Tanner Furno led the team with 12 points off the bench, while junior Robert Wilson added 11 points.
The Vulcans travel to rival and first-place IUP Wednesday.