Penn College women win on court; NEAC expanding

Published 12.15.2019

Wildcat Weekly

For the first time since 2014, the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s basketball team will go into the holiday break with at least two victories.

In its lone game of the week as the fall semester ended, the Wildcats used a big third quarter to record a 60-53 home nonconference win Saturday against Bryn Mawr College. Trailing 32-28 at halftime, Penn College used a 19-7 third frame to take control for good as it improved to 2-5 overall. Ja’Quela Dyer, of Dover, Delaware, led Penn College with 12 points while Cassi Kuhns, of Loyalsock Township, and Tori Wolfe, of Dalmatia, each scored 11. Kuhns led the team with nine rebounds. Penn College led in points in the paint 36-26 and points off turnovers 25-17.

In 2014-15, the last time the Wildcats had a winning season, they took a 3-4 record into the new year and went on to finish 13-12.

This year’s team closes out 2019 with a road game Tuesday.

NEAC expanding core members in 2021
Also last week, the North Eastern Athletic Conference announced that St. Mary’s College of Maryland will become a member beginning in the 2021-22 academic year. The addition of the Seahawks will bring the NEAC to nine core members as they join Penn College, Gallaudet University, Lancaster Bible College, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks, Wells College, SUNY Morrisville and Penn State Harrisburg, the latter of which joined this past fall.

Penn College President and NEAC Presidents’ Council Chairwoman Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour said, “The NEAC is very pleased to have St. Mary’s College of Maryland join our conference. The college’s level of dedication from Dr. Jordan (Tuajuanda C. Jordan, president of St. Mary’s College) and the athletics staff, combined with the strong focus on the student-athlete and the values of Division III athletics, make them an ideal member for us. They will bring new competition, expand our ability to be innovative and contribute to our quest to be a national leader among Division III conferences.”

“St. Mary’s College looks forward to renewing rivalries with schools such as Gallaudet University and Penn State Harrisburg and forging new rivalries with additional schools in the conference,” said Scott Devine, director of athletics and recreation at St. Mary’s College. “This is the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for Seahawk athletics.”

Joining the NEAC will allow St. Mary’s College student-athletes to continue to compete for conference championships and automatic bids into NCAA tournaments while expanding the geographic footprint of its athletics program into new areas. The Seahawks will compete in 15 of the NEAC’s 18 sports.

St. Mary’s presently participates in the Capital Athletic Conference, which includes national DIII powerhouses such as Christopher Newport and Southern Virginia universities. Located in St. Mary’s, Maryland, 70 miles southeast of Washington, D.C., the public, four-year liberal arts college founded in 1840 had 1,602 students in Fall 2018.

Women’s basketball
Overall 2-5
NEAC: 0-1
Saturday, Dec. 14 – host Bryn Mawr College, W, 60-53
Tuesday, Dec. 17 – at Centenary University, 1 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 6 – at Marywood University, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 11 – host Cazenovia College (NEAC), 3 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 12 – host Morrisville State College (NEAC), 2 p.m.

Men’s basketball
Overall: 2-6
NEAC: 0-1
Thursday, Jan. 2 – at King’s College, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 7 – at Pitt-Greensburg, 5 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 11 – host Cazenovia College (NEAC), 1 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 12 – host Morrisville State College (NEAC), noon

Overall: 0-5
Thursday, Dec. 19 – tri-meet at Mt. St. Joseph University with Alma College, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 21 – Gator Boot Duals at Nashville, Tenn., 9 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 11 – North-South Duals at Collegeville, 10 a.m.

For more about NEAC, visit the conference website.

For more information, visit the Wildcat Athletics website.

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