OUE Women Take League Title
ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Ohio University Eastern women’s basketball team rebounded from its second loss of the season to defeat stubborn Akron Wayne 68-46 on Saturday afternoon.
In doing so, OUE (18-2 overall, 10 Ohio Regional Campus Conference) clinched his second consecutive league crown.
The Panthers trailed 28-27 halftime but came out inspired in the second half behind the strong play of forward Savannah Burke. Burke finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. Allie Doan chipped in with 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Amber Skvarka finished with 10 points. Natalie Perzanowski totaled seven points, six assists and four steals.
Geneva 61, Bethany 57
BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – The Bethany College women’s basketball team led by six at halftime and by as many as nine in the second half, but Geneva rallied to come away with a victory against the Bison.
Bethany featured a balanced scoring attack, as Taylor Kress and Tara Harris each scored 11 and pulled down seven and six rebounds, respectively. Sophomore Audra Droginske added 10 points and also passed off six assists.
Akron Wayne 91
ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The OUE men did just as the OUE women did, as they clinched the ORRC’s Eastern Conference title via a victory against Akron Wayne.
Carter Baldwin scored 24 points to lead the Panthers, while Jason Shaw added 21 points and nine rebounds. Steve Luckhardt and Zach Tolzda each finished with 14 points and Pec Schmitt added 11 for the Panthers.
BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – Bethany turned 18 offensive rebounds into 31 second-chance points, as it rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat Geneva.
Bethany’s scoring was spearheaded by Joe Testa, who shook off second half foul trouble to finish with 19 points and seven rebounds. The top effort on the boards was turned in by Jay Lyonett with 16 points and 10 rebounds, including seven offensive, for his first career double-double. Rounding out the double digit scorers for Bethany was Dustin Opalka and Jonas Ankrom with 12 each.
Southern Snow Postpones
West Lib, Wheeling Jesuit
Men’s, Women’s Games
The severe snow that blanketed Southern West Virginia forced the postponement of West Liberty’s doubleheader at Bluefield State and Wheeling Jesuit’s twinbill at Concord. The WJU games have been rescheduled for Feb. 24. No make-up date has been announced for the West Liberty games.