Every Monday, the Tribune-Review will highlight 10 top area college performances from the weekend:
1. No. 3 IUP men remain perfect after OT win
Dante Lombardi scored nine straight points in overtime to lift the Crimson Hawks past Kutztown, 96-87, on Saturday. Lombardi shot 7 of 13 from the field and 6 of 9 on 3-pointers, finishing with 26 points for IUP (7-0). Jacobo Diaz added 22 points, and Malik Miller scored 20 for the Crimson Hawks.
2. Dominant start continues for No. 3 IUP women
Carolyn Appleby (Greensburg Central Catholic) led five players in double figures as the Crimson Hawks rolled to an 87-52 victory over Millersville on Sunday. Kendall Hunter contributed 16 points and 12 rebounds for IUP (7-0, 2-0), which has won five of its seven games by 30 or more points. Appleby was named PSAC West Player of the Week on Monday.
3. Penn State women’s volleyball reaches 3rd round of NCAAs
Russ Rose became the first coach to record 100 wins in the NCAA Tournament as the Nittany Lions defeated Syracuse in three sets Saturday at Rec Hall. Tori Gorrell led the way with 11 kills, and Nia Reed, Taylor Leath and Jonni Parker added 10 kills each. No. 7 Penn State (25-7), the eighth seed, advanced to face Washington (20-12) at 6 p.m. Friday at Stanford.
4. Hills sets rushing record in Slippery Rock’s loss
Wes Hills ran for 154 yards, giving him the single-season school record, in The Rock’s 21-17 loss to No. 11 Notre Dame (Ohio) in the quarterfinals of the Division II playoffs on Saturday. Hills’ 1,714 yards eclipsed LaMonte Coleman’s total of 1,601 in 1994. Hills, who missed three games with an injury, averaged 8.1 yards per rush against a Notre Dame team that was ranked second in D-II against the run (62.6 yards per game). Slippery Rock finished the season 11-3. Hills will play in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 19 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. The showcase game draws numerous NFL scouts, coaches and general managers.
5. Robert Morris women’s hockey sweeps Penn State
Jaycee Gebhard scored three times — tying her for first in the nation with 14 goals this season — as the Colonials won 4-1 on Saturday. Gebhard had a goal and an assist in Friday’s 3-2 win over the Nittany Lions. She has a point in 13 consecutive games, the longest streak in school history. Maggie LaGue recorded her 72nd career assist Saturday, moving her into second place in school history. Robert Morris (8-8-4, 6-1-1) took over first place in College Hockey America, and Penn State dropped to 7-9-2, 2-6.
6. Point Park men win on last-second basket
Justice Cuthbertson scored on a driving layup with 2 seconds left as the Pioneers rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final three minutes and topped IU Kokomo, 67-66, on Saturday. Cuthbertson finished with 19 points, five rebounds, five steals and three assists for Point Park (4-4, 2-0 River States Conference). IU Kokomo (7-2, 1-1) entered the game ranked fifth in the nation in scoring (95.8 points per game) but was held to its season low.
7. Barrett leads Cal (Pa.) women again
Seairra Barrett (Central Valley) totaled 28 points and 10 rebounds for her third straight double-double, and the No. 20 Vulcans improved to 7-0 with a 67-52 victory over West Chester on Sunday. Barrett also had six steals in 37 minutes. She has at least 28 points in five games this season.
8. No. 1 Penn State wrestling aces early test
The Nittany Lions did not give up a takedown and routed No. 10 Lehigh, 42-0, on Sunday. Top-ranked Jason Nolf (Kittanning) won by pin at 157, and No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph (Central Catholic) prevailed via pin at 165. Redshirt freshman Jarod Verkleeren (Hempfield) earned a 5-3 decision at 149. Penn State, which cruised past Bucknell on 42-3 on Friday, moved to 3-0.
9. Pitt-Johnstown’s Smith records 2 30-point games
Gabrielle Smith (Quigley Catholic) scored 37 and 32 points over the weekend as the Mountain Cats split two PSAC games. Smith set a career high in Saturday’s 98-93 victory over Mansfield in double overtime, then came back with 32 in Sunday’s 69-68 loss to Shippensburg. Pitt-Johnstown is 4-3, 1-1.
10. Westminster women top Thiel in double OT
Kayla Bennett set career highs with 25 points and six assists in the Titans’ 81-73 victory in the PAC on Saturday. Westminster’s Alazia Greaves added 20 points and five steals, and Emily Fromknecht had 18 points and 11 rebounds. She also recorded her 93rd career block, which is tied for first in school history. Jess Vormelker had 25 points and 14 rebounds for Thiel (2-4, 0-1) and forced the first overtime on a free throw with 20 seconds left. Westminster improved to 3-4, 1-1.
Jeff Vella is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at [email protected] or via Twitter @JeffVella_Trib.