Hahn, Cal top SRU in PSAC first round
CALIFORNIA – Behind five players scoring in double-digits, the Cal Vulcans advanced to the quarterfinals of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Tournament on Monday night with an 81-70 victory over Slippery Rock at the Convocation Center.
With the win, the Cal improves to 24-5 overall and will travel to face Edinboro, which earned a first-round bye, on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, The Rock finishes the year with a 12-16 mark while making only its second appearance in the PSAC Tournament in the last dozen years.
Senior Shatara Parsons (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) scored a game-high 21 points after going 13-of-16 from the free-throw line, as she attempted just five field goals.
Junior Jiahna Flood-Francis (Pittsburgh, Pa./West Mifflin) established a season high with 18 points on 6-of-14 from the floor and 6-of-10 from the free-throw line. . Classmate Abbey Sporio (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) added 10 points, four rebounds, five assists and five steals, while sophomore Gina Vallecorsa (Pittsburgh, Pa./Bishop Canevin) scored 10 points off the bench in the victory. Fellow sophomore DJ Hahn (Warren, Pa./Warren) finished with 11 points behind three three-pointers and also tallied four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The Vulcans finished game shooting 45.0 percent (27-of-60) from the floor and converted 7-of-18 (38.9 percent) from long range, their most three-pointers in a game since Jan. 8. Meanwhile, The Rock made 59.2 percent (29-of-49) from the field and shot 90.9 percent (10-of-11) from the free-throw line. Slippery Rock held a 36-26 rebounding advantage despite Cal U collecting 14 offensive rebounds. The Vulcans forced 24 turnovers in the victory and scored 39 points off turnovers.
Slippery Rock sophomore Brooke Hinderliter scored a team-leading 20 points behind 7-of-10 shooting from the floor and six-of-six from the free-throw line. Junior Morgan Henderson added 16 points and six rebounds, while sophomore LeeAnn Gibson scored 10 points off the bench.
Cal U continues play in the PSAC Tournament on Wednesday when it travels to face Edinboro at 7 p.m. The teams split the regular-season series with the home team winning each contest.