California (Pa.) teams open PSAC tourney
If history has anything to do with it, the chances of California University's women's basketball team advancing past the first round of the PSAC Tournament tonight appear to be pretty good.
The Vulcans (17-8) host Seton Hill (13-13) at the Convocation Center (7 p.m. tip-off). The winner will meet second-seeded Gannon at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Cal U has a 5-2 record all-time against Seton Hill, including 2-0 at home.
However, the Vulcans are coming off a last-second 72-69 loss to the Griffins at Seton Hill in their final game.
The loss not only snapped a six-game Cal U winning streak, but also ended a slide for Seton Hill that saw the Griffins lose six in a row and eight of their last nine after a 12-5 start.
Seton Hill is 4-8 on the road this season, including a 78-70 loss to the Vulcans Jan. 25.
In the teams' last meeting, Paige Alviani made a buzzer-beating half-court shot to provide the winning margin for Seton Hill.
Cal U will be led by Emma Mahady, who averages 12.8 points per game. She is second on the team in rebounding with 100 and third on the team in assists with 43.
Kaitlynn Fratz averages 11.2 ppg and has 49 assists. Miki Glenn averages 10.1 ppg and leads the team with 67 assists.
Elena Antonenko averages 8.8 ppg and leads the Vulcans in rebounding with 109 (4.7 per game).
Rounding out the lineup will be Irina Kukolj, who averages 9.0 ppg.
Seton Hill's top offensive threats are Katie Gattuso, who averages a double-double, and Alviani. Both players average 16 ppg.
While the Vulcans have a higher team scoring average (73.2-67.2), both teams give up an average of 66.2 ppg.
Defense is not the only similarity between the PSAC rivals.
They both teams average 5.2 three-pointers game and Cal holds a slim rebounds per game average (37-6.-36.2).
Cal U men at Mercyhurst
In the PSAC Men's Tournament, the Vulcans (11-15) visit Mercyhurst (15-11) for a first round game that tips off at 3 p.m. today.
The Vulcans were swept in their two games against the Lakers this season, including a 63-56 loss at home Jan. 5.
The Vulcans managed to earn the sixth and final seed in the tourney by coming from 21 points down to beat Seton Hill, 62-58, Wednesday.
Cal U is led by Tynell Fortune (11.4 ppg) and Jake Jacubec (11.0 ppg). Teammate Arman Marks averages 10.4 ppg and is third on the team with 118 rebounds.
Alonzo Murphy leads the Vulcans in rebounding with 162 (6.2 per game).
The Lakers rank last in the PSAC in scoring at 62.8 ppg and have only one player averaging in double figures.
The winner of Saturday's game will take on second-seeded Indiana Tuesday night.