Weekend District College Top 10: IUP football advances to first national semifinal since 1999
Every Monday, the Tribune-Review will highlight 10 top area college performances from the weekend:
1. Ground game leads IUP football into NCAA semifinals
The No. 3 Crimson Hawks ran for 340 yards, including a career-high 167 by freshman Justice Evans (Central Catholic), and edged No. 15 Assumption, 27-22, in the Division II Super Region One championship Saturday. Freshman Duane Brown (Apollo-Ridge), who rushed for 59 yards and two touchdowns, scored the go-ahead TD from 1 yard with 1 minute, 9 seconds left. IUP (13-0) limited Assumption (11-2) to a season low in points. The Crimson Hawks advanced to their first national semifinal since 1999 and will host West Florida (10-3) at noon Saturday.
2. No. 1 Penn State women's volleyball ousts Pitt in NCAAs
The Nittany Lions advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 25-19 victory Saturday at University Park. Senior Simone Lee finished with 19 kills and four blocks, and senior Ali Frantti added 14 kills, eight digs and five blocks for Penn State (31-1), which hosts Missouri (22-11) at 2 p.m. Friday. For Pitt (26-7), sophomore Nika Markovic had 16 kills and 12 digs, and freshman Kayla Lund contributed 13 kills and 11 digs.
3. Parsons' big weekend includes 1,000th point for Cal (Pa.)
Senior Shatara Parsons scored 27 points — going over 1,000 for her career — to lead the No. 4 Vulcans past Bloomsburg, 61-38, on Saturday. Parsons hit 10 of 17 shots and added 13 rebounds, five blocks and four steals. Parsons then recorded a career-high 33 points on 13-for-17 shooting in a 78-69 win over PSAC East preseason favorite East Stroudsburg on Sunday. Cal improved to 7-1, 4-0.
4. Edinboro women's basketball coach sets PSAC wins record
Stan Swank on Saturday earned his 560th career victory as the No. 24 Fighting Scots topped Mansfield, 81-54. Swank already owned the all-time women's record in the PSAC but passed former Bloomsburg men's coach Charles Chronister for the overall mark. Swank, in his 31st season, has led Edinboro to 10 NCAA Division II Tournament appearances. The Fighting Scots beat Lock Haven on Sunday, giving Swank a 561-301 record all-time.
5. Thiel men clip Geneva on last-second 3-pointer
Senior Tyreik Burton made a 3 with 1 second left as the Tomcats earned a 57-55 victory Saturday in the PAC. Burton led Thiel (3-2, 1-1) with 21 points, and sophomore Ethan Moose scored a team-best 17 for Geneva (2-4, 0-2).
6. Duquesne women's basketball team extends winning streak
Junior Julijana Vojinovic scored a career-high 25 points on 9-for-12 shooting as the Dukes routed Central Connecticut State, 83-58, on Saturday for their fifth consecutive win. Every Dukes player scored, and Duquesne (7-2) had 27 assists on its 31 field goals.
7. W&J women's basketball stays perfect
Three players scored in doubles figures to lead the Presidents (6-0, 3-0) past Westminster, 63-50, in a PAC game Saturday. Senior Amirah Moore (Moon) and junior Danielle Parker (Canon-McMillan) had 14 points apiece, and Parker added 12 rebounds. Senior Mia Woytovich (Charleroi) had 13 points and five steals. W&J visits Carnegie Mellon (5-1) for a nonconference game Tuesday.
8. IUP women's basketball improves to 7-0
The No. 7 Crimson Hawks remained unbeaten with an 86-55 victory over Cheyney on Sunday and an 86-75 triumph over West Chester on Saturday. Against Cheyney, senior Megan Smith scored a team-high 19 points. In Saturday's victory, junior Carolyn Appleby (Greensburg Central Catholic) had 26 points and made 6 of 7 3-pointers. IUP is 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the PSAC.
9. Pitt-Johnstown senior eclipses 1,000 career points
Senior Isaac Vescovi had 25 points Sunday and became the 29th player in Mountain Cats history to reach the 1,000-point milestone in a 76-67 victory over Millersville. Vescovi hit 11 of 22 shots and added nine rebounds for Pitt-Johnstown (4-4, 2-2 PSAC).
10. Robert Morris, Mercyhurst split in women's hockey
Junior Amber Rennie scored with 6 minutes, 7 seconds remaining to lift the No. 9 Colonials past the Lakers, 2-1, on Saturday. Senior Elijah Milne-Price made 27 saves for her 10th victory, which leads College Hockey America. On Friday, Alexa Vasko scored on a five-on-three power play midway through the second period as Mercyhurst (4-10-2, 3-2-1) prevailed 2-1. Milne-Price had 23 saves for Robert Morris (11-3-2, 5-1-2).
Jeff Vella is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @JeffVella_Trib.