Women finish second, men are third in USCAA
On Saturday, March 5, the Penn State Beaver Lady Lions finished second and the men came in third in the USCAA National Tournament hosted by Penn State Fayette. Ave Maria University defeated the Lady Lions, 80-55, in the national championship game. The men, who won this year’s PSUAC Championship, won the consolation game against New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI), 88-71.
In the first half of the women’s game, Beaver and Ave Maria traded the lead seven times until Ave Marie went on a 14-0 run and closed the half at 44-30. In the second half, Ave Maria outscored Beaver 36-25. The Lady Lions shot 33 percent from the field for the game while committing sixteen turnovers which resulted in 20 points for Ave Maria. In Saturday’s game, senior All-American Jasmine Green (East Orange High School, Jersey City, NJ) led Beaver with 20 points and six rebounds, and senior All-American Heather Sandusky (New Brighton High School/New Brighton, PA) scored 11 points. Ave Maria outscored Beaver 36-18 in the paint while holding a 26-10 advantage in second chance points.
The Lady Lions team, established four years ago, holds an overall record of 96-26, three PSUAC Championships, and four USCAA Tournament appearances. The women finished this season at 23-8.
In the first half of the men’s game, NHTI led most of the way. Beaver came within 1 point three times only to have NHTI push the lead to 6 points. In the final minutes of the first half, Beaver was within 3 before senior Billy Stoughton (Slippery Rock High School/Slippery Rock, PA) drained a 3-pointer as time expired to tie the game, 32-32. Beaver kept the momentum going in the second half, beginning with a 14-4 run to build a 10-point lead by the 15-minute mark.
Sophomore Nick Miller (Beaver Falls High School/Beaver Falls, PA) led the Lions with 23 points, seven assists, six steals, and five rebounds. Freshman Chris Weathers (New Brighton High School/New Brighton, PA) added 19 points and fourteen rebounds for the Lions. Defensively, Beaver forced 25 NHTI turnovers.
The Lions closed their season with a 20-11 record and their best USCAA finish since 2008 when they finished in second place.