Women trail IUP, California by 1 game


The Gannon University women’s basketball team fell to Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 53-47, Saturday on the road after defeating Edinboro University Wednesday at home, 60-48.
The loss dropped the Knights to 13-7 overall and 11-5 in the PSAC West, leaving them one game in back of division co-leaders IUP and California (Pa.) and one game ahead of Edinboro heading into Wednesday’s 5:30 p.m. matchup against Clarion at the Hammermill Center.
For the Knights, Wednesday’s win over Edinboro marked their first season sweep of the Fighting Scots since the 2009-10 season.
Senior Jenny Thies recorded her 10th double-double of the season, posting a career-high 21 points and 17 rebounds.
Senior Morgan Neighbors added 15 points, including 3-of-6 from the 3-point line.
Gannon held Edinboro to 31 percent shooting on the evening, and outrebounded the Fighting Scots, 45-32.
The Knights used a 20-10 fourth quarter advantage to solidify their win, including nine points from the free-throw line in the quarter.
On Saturday, Gannon traveled to Indiana, Pa., to face the Crimson Hawks. Gannon defeated IUP back on Dec. 1 by a score of 81-66, but this time IUP turned the tables.
The Knights fell despite the efforts of Thies recording another double-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. Neighbors chipped in 11 points and six rebounds.
Gannon was held to 1-of-12 shooting from the 3-point line and 36 percent from the field overall, while committing 22 turnovers in the game and registering just eight assists.
Thies was named the PSAC West player of the week for the third time this season, averaging 17 points and 16.5 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field and 85 percent from the free-throw line on the week.
Freshman Lauren Tewes said that the Knights’ goal remains the same for the season, which is to concentrate on their own game and continue to get better.
“Right now, we’re focused on overcoming this adversity together, and committing less mistakes,” Tewes said.
“If we take care of what we can control, we feel like we can play with anybody.”
Following Wednesday’s meeting with Clarion, whom Gannon defeated 73-59 in the PSAC opener on Nov. 18, the Knights travel to take on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Saturday.
Gannon will have just four regular-season games remaining following the trip to Johnstown.

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