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Cal U women top Mercyhurst, 71-66

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By The Valley Independent
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The Cal U women's basketball team came from behind Wednesday to pick up its second PSAC win by defeating host Mercyhurst, 71-66.

The Vulcans (2-4, 2-1) outscored Mercyhurst (1-5, 1-1) 9-6 over the final 3:41.

Cal U got 15 points from Kaitlynn Fratz and Elena Antonenko, and 14 from Emma Mahady in the victory. Mahady and Chelsea McKnight each had five rebounds while Mahady also had three blocked shots.

Mercyhurst was led by Alex Artise with 15 points, while Adrienne Kloecker and Natalie Piaggesi added 10 each.

The Lakers controlled play in the first nine minutes of the second half, taking a 49-41 lead with 10:50 remaining in the game. Cal U rallied back, going on a 21-9 run over the next seven minutes to take a 62-58 lead with 3:58 left in the contest.

Leading 62-60 after Mercyhurst's Jessica Bell scored on a layup, Cal U scored the next four points as Antonenko hit a basket and Mahady hit two free throws. After Piaggesi hit a basket with 2:07 to play, McKnight hit a three-pointer with 1:44 to play to up the lead to 69-62.

The Vulcans' Miki Glenn hit two free throws in the closing seconds to seal the win.

In the nightcap, the Cal U men dropped a 64-51 verdict to the Lakers.

Mercyhurst (2-4, 2-0) jumped to a 34-22 lead in the first half as Jonathan Ouegnin scored 12 points.

The Lakers widened the gap to 38-22 in the second half before the Vulcans (1-6, 0-3) went on an 11-0 run to close to within 38-33 with 14:08 left after Tynell Fortune drilled a three-pointer.

The Vulcans got as close as four points (48-44) with 7:04 to play when Fortune made two free throws.

However, the Lakers held on down the stretch for the win.

Fortune and Chris Williams led the Vulcans in scoring with 11 points each. Williams grabbed five rebounds.

Mercyhurst was led by Ouegnin with 19 points while Anthony Lytle had 11 and Callon Dailey added 10. Ouegnin had a game-high six rebounds.

Mercyhurst shot nearly 50 percent from the field, hitting 21 of 43 shots while Cal made just 12 of 39 to shoot 30.8 percent.

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