Hahn, Cal top SRU in PSAC first round

Cal sophomore and Warren Area High School graduate D.J. Hahn scored 11 points in the Vulcans' PSAC Tournament opening round win over Slippery Rock on Monday.

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.