Vulcan women snaps skid with 80-72 win in D-II tourney
College Football Videos
It was ‘Upset City' in the first round of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region at Gannon's Hammermill Center Friday.
As a result, California University will be playing Glenville State in the semifinals at 5 p.m. today.
After Glenville State (27-3) knocked off third seed and defending champion Shaw, 111-86, in the first game of the day, the Vulcans stunned second-seeded Edinboro, 80-72.
The Vulcans (21-8) not only pulled off a big upset, they stopped a personal eight-game losing streak against Edinboro (22-7) in the process.
Stephanie Michael scored 25 points and Ryah Gadson came off the bench to add 14 to lead Cal U, which also got 13 points from Emma Mahady.
Ashley Hines added nine points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
The Vulcans got off to a hot start against the Fighting Scots, taking a 32-23 lead with 6:47 left in the half as they made 61 percent of their shots from the floor.
The hottest Vulcan was Michael, who tallied 15 points in that span.
Edinboro then battled back to close within 33-31 at the 3:55 mark on a basket by Aignee Freeland, who had 16 points in the first half.
But Cal went on a 9-0 streak to open up a 42-31 lead when Ryah Gadson hit a jumper with 21 seconds left in the half.
The Vulcans took a 42-34 lead into halftime, hitting 53 percent of their shots (17-for-32) and turning the ball over just four times.
Cal did a great job of shutting down Edinboro's two big guns in the first half, holding Kiara Brown (three) and Samantha Blazetic (two) to five total points.
Brown, who was saddled with foul problems most of the game, finished with just five points.
In the second half, Cal's lead ballooned as high as 15 points when Elena Antonenko hit a three-pointer with 16:51 left to play.
But the Fighting Scots lived up to their name by fighting back.
They cut the deficit to five points (57-52) on two free throws by Freeland with 10:54 to play.
But Cal's Chelsea McKnight hit a trey with 10:13 left to get the lead back up to 70-62 and the closest Edinboro got after that was six points on a few occasions.
Cal, meanwhile, got the lead back up to 12 points with 1:16 to go on a jumper in the paint by Michael.
Edinboro was led by Freeland with 20 points while Darche Jackson added 19 and Laurel Lindsay had 10.
In other first round action Friday, top-seeded Gannon defeated Fairmont State, 66-40. Gannon (29-4) will meet the winner of the
Indiana (22-8) vs Bloomsburg (24-5) contest, which was not over before press time. That game will be played at 7:30 p.m.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Cal U women’s basketball team, students share grief before game
- IUP men, women remain among Division II basketball elite
- District college notebook: Wydo sets Robert Morris hockey points record
- Campus clippings: St. Joseph grad dealing with setback at Westminster
- District college notes: Seton Hill guard earns PSAC honor
- Mathers shines for St. Vincent women’s basketball team
- Local roundup: PSNK men’s basketball team loses to PSU York
- Jeannette grad eyeing another conference crown with WCCC women
- District college notes: SVC track team competes in indoor meet