Progress report for Gannon sports: Feb. 3 – Feb. 15

Michael Guido, Managing & Sports Editor

Women’s basketball (19-5): The Knights rebounded from a loss Saturday against Indiana (Pa.) with a 66-54 victory over cross-county rival Edinboro Monday. 

Sophomore Samantha Pirosko was the star of the game, scoring 25 points while also totaling five rebounds and three steals. 

Overall, Pirosko shot 9-of-18 from the field and had two 3-pointers. 

Senior Sydney Mitchell had a strong performance, scoring nine points and collecting six rebounds, five steals and three assists. 

Following a Wednesday match at Clarion, the Knights will travel to Slippery Rock for a game at 1 p.m. Saturday.  

Men’s basketball (12-10): The Knights continued to slide in the second half of the season, dropping three in a row to barely remain above .500 with four games remaining in the regular season.  

The Knights’ latest game against Edinboro resulted in a late rally for Gannon that nearly tipped the outcome, but it fell short in a 79-71 loss. 

With the loss, the Knights’ chances of qualifying for the PSAC tournament continue to diminish and are hanging on by a thread.  

To stay alive in the race for the tournament, the Knights will need to beat Slippery Rock Wednesday night at the Hammermill Center; otherwise, the season will finish with lame duck matches against Slippery Rock, Clarion and California (Pa.).  

Men’s swimming & diving (5-3): The  Knights are coming off a strong win over Penn State Behrend 174-82 Saturday, in which the Knights claimed first in all 14 events and celebrated Senior Day as well. 

Freshman Hiyan Kubagawa had a special day, carrying the Knights by winning three individual races. 

In addition to winning the 200 breastsroke, Kubagawa touched the wall first in the 100 breaststroke (59.49) and 200 IM (1:57.32).  

With the regular season wrapped up, the Knights will enter the PSAC Championships, with their first appearance Wednesday, Feb. 16 in York, Pa., at the Graham Aquatic Center. 

  Athlete awards & recognitions:  

Julianne Moccia of the women’s wrestling team and Jacob Dunlop of the men’s wrestling team were named Gannon’s student-athletes of the week. 

Moccia, a freshman, won the 109-pound bracket at the Bearcat Open and improved her season record to 17-6. 

Dunlop, a senior, secured his 18th victory on the season and his win against Pitt-Johnstown Friday was his 80th victory while at Gannon.  


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