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February 10, 2013

College basketball roundup: Williams records double-double for St. Francis

LORETTO — sports@tribdem.com

LORETTO – Junior Alli Williams notched her 16th double-double of the season and St. Francis easily defeated Mount St. Mary’s. 81-54, Saturday afternoon at DeGol Arena.

Williams finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Red Flash, who improved to 13-9 overall and 8-3 in the Northeast Conference.

“The ball was moving around really well and people were making shots,” St. Francis coach Joe Haigh said. “We forced a lot of turnovers, which helped keep the tempo up to our advantage.”

St. Francis made 51 percent of its first-half shots and scored a season-high 48 points in the first 20 minutes.

The Red Flash forced the Mountaineers (9-13, 5-6) into 21 turnovers. During one stretch, Mount St. Mary’s had turnovers on five consecutive possessions.

Nickia Gibbs added 10 points for St. Francis, which plays at Robert Morris on Monday.

Jacqueline Brewer led the Mountaineers with 16 points.

Pitt-Johnstown 83, Charleston 69: Rachel Johnson had a double-double of 16 points and a game-high 14 rebounds to lead five Lady Cats who scored in double figures at Charleston.

Pitt-Johnstown improved to 13-8 overall and 11-7 in the WVIAC.

UPJ’s Nicole Carman scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds. Kaitlynn Fratz had 14 points and seven boards, and Inaya Stephenson and Kelsey Sleighter each scored a dozen points for the Lady Cats. Jasmine Harper added nine points and 12 rebounds in the win.

The Lady Cats raced out of the gate behind six quick points from Stephenson and a basket in the paint from Johnson to build a 12-0 lead three minutes into the game.

The Golden Eagles didn't go away and outscored the Lady Cats 30-20 over the final 10:08 to cut it to 42-38 at halftime on Tianni Kelly's layup as time expired.

Pitt-Johnstown dominated the glass, 58-37, and shot 49.2 percent (29-59) from the field, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range, and 21 of 33 from the free-throw line.

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