Crimson Hawks look to take series vs. Gannon



The No. 2-seeded IUP women’s basketball team will host No. 3 Gannon University in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

Gannon beat No. 6 Seton Hill University 58-54 in the first round of the tournament.

IUP (19-7, 16-6) split the season series with Gannon (17-10, 14-8), winning 53-47 at home and losing 81-66 on the road.

Ironically, IUP shot 37 percent in the win and 49 percent in the loss.

In the PSAC, IUP ranks higher than Gannon in scoring, but Gannon is second in points allowed, while IUP is fourth.

The Crimson Hawks shoot 43 percent from the field, while Gannon is at 42.1 percent.

IUP also has the highest 3-point field goal percentage in the conference with 38.6, while Gannon is ranked third with 34.8.

Leslie Stapleton (redshirt senior, biology/pre-med), Zhané Brooks (senior, chemistry/pre-pharmacy), Megan Smith (sophomore, human resources) and Marina Wareham (senior, exercise science) are all averaging double-digit point totals this season. None of them averaged double digits last season.

The winner of the PSAC East showdown between No. 1 West Chester University (20-6, 17-5) and No. 4 East Stroudsburg University (15-12, 12-10) will face the winner of the IUP-Gannon bout.

On the other side, No. 4 Edinboro University (20-9, 14-8) will travel to play No. 1 California University of Pennsylvania (21-5, 18-4).

The winner of that game will face the winner of No. 3 Millersville University (19-8, 14-8) at No. 2 Shippensburg University (20-6, 16-6).

The remaining four teams will finish out the PSAC Tournament at Cal U on March 5 and 6.

The Crimson Hawks last won the PSAC title in 2009.