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By For The Valley Independent
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

ERIE – A huge second half helped propel top-seeded Gannon to a 77-50 romp over Cal U in the quarterfinals of the PSAC Tournament on Tuesday at the Hammermill Center.

With the loss, the Vulcans (20-8) saw their five-game winning streak snapped. The Vulcans, who have been fifth in the Atlantic Regional rankings the last two weeks, must now wait to see if they receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Selections will be released Sunday.

Meanwhile, Gannon improves to 27-3 and will face Millersville in the semifinals Friday.

Sophomore Emma Mahady was the lone Cal U player to score in double-digits, finishing with 14 points . In three meetings against the Lady Knights this season, she averaged a team-high 13.7 points.

The junior trio of Elena Antonenko, Ryah Gadson and Ashley Hines each finished with six points, while classmate Kate Seebohm led the team with five rebounds and five assists. Senior Stephanie Michael tied her season low with five points while playing 29 minutes.

Gannon, which led the entire game, opened with an 11-2 run before stretching the lead to 20-10 with 11:03 left in the first half. The Vulcans later posted an 8-4 rally over four-plus minutes to trim the deficit to 26-20 with 3:04 remaining before the break. The Lady Knights reclaimed the double-digit lead with four-straight points before taking a 33-35 lead into halftime.

Gannon scored the first five points in the second half and led 44-30 before the Vulcans scored on three-consecutive possessions to trim the deficit to 44-36 with 13:49 remaining.

Gannon countered with a 7-0 run before Cal U later cut the lead to 55-45 with 7:38 left to play. The Lady Knights responded with another 7-0 rally before Mahady made the last field goal of the game for the Vulcans with 5:35 remaining, 62-47. Gannon then sealed the victory with a commanding 15-1 run over nearly five minutes to take a 77-48 lead with 44 seconds left.

Cal U finished the game shooting 38 percent from the floor and just 3-of-18 from 3-point range.

Sophomore forward Nettie Blake led four Lady Knights in double-digits, scoring 20 points and adding eight rebounds. Sophomore Brittany Batts finished with 13 points and junior Jen Papich added a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

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