COLLEGE HOOPS | Area games
Geneva 73, Thiel 44
BEAVER FALLS , Pa. -- Thiel College was blown out by a future Presidents' Athletics Conference member. Geneva jumped out to a quick 15-4 lead when Allyson Clarke completed a three-point play. Geneva extended its lead to 39-23 at the break, and the Tomcats were unable to cut the lead to under 10 points in the second half. Amber Bodrick (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney) led the Tomcats with 18 points and nine rebounds. She also recorded three steals, two assists and two blocks. Lauren Uranker led Geneva with 17 points off the bench. Clarke and Renee Rawding each scored 15 points apiece. The Tomcats (5-6, 0-1 PAC) return to action on Saturday when they travel to Waynesburg College. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Concord 62, Slippery Rock 48
FAIRMONT, W. VA. -- Concord University rode a perfect 15-for-15 effort at the foul line to victory in the final day of the Lady Falcon New Year's Classic hosted by Fairmont State University. The loss, which came less than 48 hours after SRU had downed Fairmont State by a 52-44 score, gives The Rock a 4-7 record. The Rock returns to action on Sunday when it will be at Cheyney University in suburban Philadelphia for a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference "crossover" game. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. SRU returns home next Wednesday to host Lock Haven in the opening game of the PSAC-Western Division schedule. Game time in Morrow Field House is set for 6 p.m. The Rock then goes back on the road for three straight games (Jan. 13 at Bloomsburg, Jan. 14 at Mansfield and Jan. 17 at Edinboro before hosting division rival Indiana U. of Pa. on Jan. 24 (6 p.m.). The Rock trailed by only one point, 24-23, at intermission of Wednesday's game before Concord (7-2) scored nine unanswered points midway through the second half to turn a 35-33 deficit into a 42-35 advantage. The Mountain Lions were never headed as the lead eventually grew to as many as 18 points (60-42 in the final minutes). The Rock, which only hit on 19 of 50 field goal attempts, was led by Amanda Nero's nine points. KellyAnn Staudinger added eight points for SRU.
Case 67, Bethany 38
BETHANY, W.Va. -- Case Western Reserve University outscored Bethany 41-16 in the second half to pull away, snapping the Bison's winning streak at three games.The Bison return to the hardwood on Saturday in PAC action when they host Grove City College in the second game of a doubleheader with the men's team.
Mount Union 67, Marietta 44
ALLIANCE-- The Purple Raiders (6-6, 2-3) built a 33-23 lead by intermission and never looked back in the Ohio Athletic Conference contest. Alicia Williams, who hit on 9-of-11 shots, paced the Raiders with 18 pointgs. Haley Drayer added 14 and Lauren Friedrich finished with 10 and she had six assists. Justine Pagenhardgt led Marietta (1-10, 0-5) with 18 points.
Mount Union 64, Marietta 59
MARIETTA -- In a hard-fought Ohio Athletic Conference, the Purple Raiders (7-5, 2-3) prevailed. Stu Anglum paced the Purple Raiders with 18 points. Nick Sefacik added 16 points and he pulled dwon 11 rebounds and had four assists. Sam King King chipped in with 13 points and had four assists. Steve Luckhardt and Issiah Creasap each scored 15 points for Marietta (4-8, 0-5).
Lake Erie 79, Bethany 74
PAINESVILLE -- Bethany College junior guard Brody Jackson fired in a career-high 31 points, but it wasn't enough for the Bison (8-4). The Bison will put their league-record 25-game winning streak against PAC foes on the line Saturday when they host Grove City (Pa.) College at 2 p.m.