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Westmoreland campus clippings: Burns sets record for Point Park women’s basketball

Bill Beckner Jr.

Michelle Burns, a sophomore guard at Point Park and a Hempfield graduate, broke the school record for 3-pointers in a game Thursday, connecting on 9 of 13 attempts — for a career-high 33 points — in a 91-62 victory over visiting Asbury.

Burns, who made 11 of 17 shots overall, broke the record of eight 3s set by April Austin. Burns had 17 3-pointers across three games. She made 7 of 7 3s in an 88-82 overtime win over Brescia.

Burns added 16 points, nine assists and four steals in an 88-83 win over Alice Lloyd in overtime for the Pioneers (10-13, 6-6 River States Conference).

Her strong play of later earned her River State Conference Player of the Week honors.

La Roche: Junior forward Jenna Cole (Norwin) was named AMCC Player of the Week after averaging 20.7 points and 10.3 rebounds over a three-game stretch for the Redhawks (11-7, 10-2). The AMCC scoring leader (19.8 ppg) had 17 points and 13 rebounds in a win over her former team, Pitt-Greensburg.

Saint Vincent : Sophomore guard Madison Kollar (Latrobe) hit 15 of 23 shots from the field and scored a career-high 35 points to pace the PAC-leading Bearcats (16-3, 10-1) to a 94-74 win at Thiel.

Seton Hill: Behind 14 3-pointers, Seton Hill toppled Pitt-Johnstown, 86-64, to improve to 12-7 overall and 6-6 in the PSAC West. Grad student Megan Marecic led the Griffins with a game-high 22 points, and junior Lexi Civittolo added 17 points, sophomore Katie Nolan 12 and sophomore Courtney Cecere 11.

Men’s basketball

Holy Cross: Sophomore guard Austin Butler (Latrobe) received the Martin J. O’Malley Award as the most outstanding player in the annual Holy Cross Winter Homecoming Game. Butler scored 22 points and added three steals as the Crusaders (12-9, 3-5 Patriot League) defeated Navy, 69-64.

Pitt-Greensburg: A 54-point second half propelled the Bobcats (6-13, 3-9 AMCC) to a 91-68 win over Pitt-Bradford. UPG shot 67 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes to break a 37-37 halftime tie.

Sophomore Matt Johnson scored 20 points off the bench.

Saint Vincent: Andrew Reed only made three baskets for the Bearcats at Thiel, but his final field goal was the game’s most important. The freshman guard made deep 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Bearcats to a 69-68 victory. SVC (18-2, 11-0) has won 10 straight games.

Seton Hill : Junior guard Nate Davis scored his 1,000th career point in the Griffins’ 85-70 loss at Pitt-Johnstown. Davis averages 18.7 points for Seton Hill (5-13, 3-9 PSAC).


Bucknell : A pin by freshman Zach Hartman (Belle Vernon) at 157 pounds and a major decision by junior Drew Phipps (Norwin) at 197 helped the Bison (5-6, 3-3) rally for a 22-18 win over Hofstra. Hartman is ranked No. 8 nationally in his weight class.

Penn State : Redshirt freshman Jarod Verkleeren (Hempfield) picked up a 6-4 victory while filling in for 149-pounder Brady Berger as the top-ranked Nittany Lions (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) downed Indiana, 35-9.

Pitt-Johnstown: Senior Joey Alessandro (Hempfield) and junior Chris Eddins (Greensburg Salem) recorded major decisions to lead the Division II No. 7-ranked Mountain Cats (14-3, 3-1) to a 23-14 win over Seton Hill. Alessandro, a transfer from Seton Hill, is ranked No. 3 at 141 pounds, and Eddins, a returning national champion, is No. 1 at 149.

Junior Jake Beistel (Southmoreland) won by decision for Seton Hill at 285.

Indoor track & field

Penn State : Junior Maddie Holmberg (Hempfield) won the pentathlon at the Penn State National Open with a personal-best score of 4,219, the top mark in the nation and second best in program history.

Virginia: Fifth-year senior Bridget Guy (Hempfield) won the pole vault title and set a school record with a mark of 13 feet, 9 1 4 inches at the Dr. Sanders Columbia Challenge at New York City Armory.

Guy bettered her previous personal-best of 13-8 1 4 on her first attempt.

Men’s swimming

Grove City: Freshman Joe Astrab (Norwin) won the 100 breaststroke in 1 minute, 4.42 seconds in a 148-61 victory against Washington & Jefferson.

Penn State Behrend : Senior Mark Patterson (Norwin) took first place in the 200 freestyle in 1:48.54 in a 101-47 victory over Pitt-Bradford.

Bill Beckner is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill at [email protected] or via Twitter @BillBeckner.