IUP women’s team advances, set ti square off with top-seeded Shippensburg

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The IUP women’s basketball team took a victory over Mercyhurst University in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Tournament quarterfinals, 78-61, Wednesday evening at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

Sophomore guard Carolyn Appleby (safety sciences) recorded her second career double-double as she tallied 13 points and 10 assists in the Crimson Hawks’ win.

Appleby also added four rebounds and four steals to her double-double.

Sophomore forward Brittany Robinson (early childhood and special education) picked up 14 points and seven rebounds on 7-of-7 shooting while adding three blocks and two steals.

Junior forward Megan Smith (management) and redshirt sophomore guard Lauren Wolosik (economics) played well, too, as each added 11 points.

“Last night, we all went into the game feeling confident,” Smith said. “We had already beaten them twice before and were playing them on our home court.”

Guard Carolyn Appleby (sophomore, safety science) recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists in the team’s playoff win over Mercyhurst University Wednesday night.

With the win over Mercyhurst, the Crimson Hawks improved to 21-6 overall and will travel to face the East’s top seed, Shippensburg University, in the semifinals.

This marks IUP’s 12th all-time appearance in the PSAC semifinals. The Mercyhurst Lakers fell to 23-7 and will await word on a potential at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

“We are so grateful for the first-round win and are so excited to go to Shippensburg this weekend for the semifinals,” Smith said.

“I have a lot of confidence in the team because we play so well together, and I know we will be a tough matchup for any team we face from here on out. We are just really enjoying playing the game right now, and that makes it easy to play well as a team.”

The Crimson Hawks also had a total of 16 steals in the contest compared to the Lakers, who had 10.

The semifinal game against Shippensburg will take place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Shippensburg advanced to the semifinals with a 60-44 win over Bloomsburg University at home. IUP has already played Shippensburg once, back in December.

IUP won, 69-59, at home. Shippensburg has an overall record of 24-5 and an 18-4 conference record.