Weekend District College Top 10: Duquesne women extend winning streak
Every Monday, the Tribune-Review will highlight 10 top area college performances from the weekend:
1. Duquesne women rally for eighth consecutive victory
Down 16 points to Central Michigan late in the second quarter, the Dukes (10-2) stormed back to win 64-61 on Sunday. The comeback marked the largest in fifth-year coach Dan Burt's tenure. Julijana Vojinovic scored 13 of her team-high 20 points in the second half to spearhead the rally. Chassidy Omogrosso (Blackhawk) added 14 points, and Paige Cannon had 12 points and 10 rebounds for her first career double-double. The Dukes play No. 1 Connecticut on Friday in Toronto.
2. Waynesburg wrestler Evans earns tournament title
Junior heavyweight Jake Evans (Elizabeth Forward) defeated two nationally ranked opponents on his way to winning his weight class at the Long Island Open on Sunday in New York. Evans, who set a program record with 49 wins last season, earned a 2-0 decision over No. 7 Jonah Aurelio of Johnson & Wales in the semifinals before beating Edwin Rubio, the No. 7 junior college heavyweight in the nation, for the title. Tristan Buxton (125/Trinity) and Caleb Baxter (174/Butler) also won titles for the 22nd-ranked Yellowjackets, who finished second in the 10-team tournament.
3. Penn State women's basketball downs Pitt
Behind a game-high 27 points from Teniya Page, Penn State (9-3) downed rival Pitt (6-5) on Sunday. Page scored 17 in the second half, including eight in a row late in the fourth quarter. Pitt jumped to a 10-1 lead, but Penn State scored the first quarter's final 17 points then held off a couple of Pitt rallies. Danielle Garvin had 12 points and 10 rebounds for her first career double-double for the Panthers.
4. Clarion wrestling edges Pitt
Behind two late falls, Clarion earned its first dual-meet title of the season, edging the Panthers, 24-20, on Saturday at Fitzgerald Field House. The Golden Eagles were down 14-9, but Dom Rigous earned a fall over Austin Bell at 174 pounds, then Greg Bulsak (South Park) pinned Gregg Harvey in the first period to flip the match in Clarion's favor, 21-14. Dustin Conti's (Jefferson-Morgan) overtime win at 197 guaranteed victory for Clarion. Bulsak was named EWL Wrestler of the Week on Monday.
5. Ezeigbo's career day leads RMU women to victory
Sophomore center Nneka Ezeigbo had career highs of 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Colonials (7-3) to a 67-60 victory over Clarion on Friday. The win was the fifth in a row for Robert Morris and also gave coach Charlie Buscaglia's team a program record-tying seventh nonconference victory. The five nonconference wins in a row are a program record.
6. Gannon women earn last-second victory
Junior Nicole LaCava made a shot from the top of the key as time expired to give the Golden Knights women's basketball team a 79-77 nonconference victory over Wheeling Jesuit on Saturday. The basket gave LaCava a career-high 19 points. Her winning shot came after a charging call on WJU erased a basket that would have broke a 77-77 tie with two seconds remaining. Maggie Mitchell led Gannon (6-5) with 23 points.
7. Ferguson moves up the charts for Robert Morris hockey
Senior forward Brady Ferguson had the winning goal as part of his four-point night (two goals, two assists) to help the Colonials to a 5-2 victory over Mercyhurst on Saturday. The effort moved Ferguson into third on Robert Morris' all-time points list with 138 points. The Colonials (7-11-1, 7-7-1) completed the sweep of Mercyhurst on Sunday, winning 5-3.
8. Clarion wrestler DeLong wins second title of season
Competing unattached, senior Evan DeLong captured the 174-pound title at the Cleveland State Open on Sunday. En route to the championship. DeLong beat wrestlers from Cleveland State, Michigan, Cornell and two from Ohio State. In November, DeLong won the title at 174 at N.C. State's Wolfpack Open.
9. Seton Hill women win fourth in a row
Freshman Cheyenne Trest (Canon-McMillan) scored a career-high 25 points, making all 10 of her free-throw attempts, and senior Jenna Kaufman (12 of 14 free throws) had 22 to lead the Griffins over Tiffin, 77-66, on Sunday. The Griffins were 7-3 heading into Monday's game.
10. Gorny (almost) perfect in Penn State Behrend win
Junior Justin Gorny (South Park) posted a career-high 26 points on 10-of-11 shooting as the Lions won their sixth consecutive game, 79-54 over Pitt-Greensburg on Sunday. Gorny also had a team-high six rebounds as PSB moved to 4-0 in the AMCC, 8-1 overall. Gorny leads the team in scoring at 16.3 points.