Beaver men, women are No. 1 seed in PSUAC playoffs
On Wednesday, Feb. 16, the Penn State Beaver men’s and women’s basketball teams celebrated crucial homecourt victories over Penn State DuBois, 87-76 and 82-47, respectively, that gave them the No. 1 seed in the PSUAC playoffs scheduled to begin Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State University Park. In addition, the women made Beaver campus history when they completed a perfect 15-0 PSUAC season. The men ended their regular season at 15-1 in the PSUAC.
In the first half of the men's game, Beaver held an early 15-point lead but with just four minutes left in the half, DuBois rallied and brought the score within 7 points at 42-35. Beaver extended its lead in the second half, though, to take the win.
Seniors David McGarry (Poland Seminary High School/Poland, OH) and Billy Stoughton (Slippery Rock High School/Slippery Rock, PA) led the team in scoring. McGarry posted a season high of 29 points and 14 rebounds, while Stoughton added 15 points. Freshman Chris Weathers (New Brighton High School/New Brighton, PA) chipped in 10. Beaver turned the ball over seven times and forced DuBois into 19 turnovers. Beaver shot a solid 50.7% from the field and 46.7% from behind the arc. Beaver finished the season at 15-10 overall.
In the women’s game, Beaver ended the first half with a 39-18 lead, but in the second half, Dubois cut their deficit to just 10 points. However, a 3-pointer by sophomore Brittany Tomaselli (East Liverpool High School/East Liverpool, OH) started a strong run that gave Beaver a 35-point lead by the end of the game.
The women were led by senior Jasmine Green (Orange High School/Jersey City, NJ) with 20 points and 11 steals. Junior Rachel Halaszynski (Elizabeth Forward High School/Elizabeth, PA) chipped in 11 points, and senior Heather Sandusky (New Brighton High School/New Brighton, PA) and junior Shelby Parks (Center High School/Aliquippa, PA) each contributed 9. The Lady Lions ended the season at 19-6 overall.
Wednesday was also Senior Night and “Think Pink” Night at Beaver. Prior to the men’s game, seniors McGarry and Staughton were honored for their excellence on the court. Before the women’s game, senior players were recognized for their achievements as well. In addition to Green and Sandusky, honorees were Jessica Bartges (East Allegheny High School/North Versailles, PA), Noelle Miloszewski (Blackhawk High School/Beaver Falls, PA), and Laura Perkins (Monaca High School/Monaca, PA).
“Think Pink” Night, sponsored by the Beaver men’s and women’s teams, was designed to raise awareness of breast cancer. The teams collected more than $100 in donations for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.