Saturday, March 16, 2013

Women's NCAA 2nd Round: #1 Gannon 64, #4 IUP 46

Gannon is in the Sweet 16 after smothering Indiana (Pa.) Saturday night, 64-46, setting up a regional final vs. PSAC West rival California who is seeded #7. The Vulcans have won their two regional games by a combined 10 points while GU has outscored its opponents by 44 points. You have to like how the Lady Knights are cruising at this point, but don't make your Elite 8 plans yet for San Antonio. As Tom Chapman used to say, March is all about "survive and advance" which is what Cal has managed to do this weekend.

The PSAC West has been stellar this weekend. The men's squads are 2-0 after IUP and Slippery Rock won their first round games while the women are 5-2, the only losses coming at the hands of fellow PSAC West opponents (IUP to Gannon, Edinboro to Cal).

I'll let the commenters carry the day on the Gannon women in the postseason because you've watched them closer than I have this season. Click here for Gannon's Atlantic Regional Web Headquarters, powered by the Gannon Sports Information Department. And remember the Gannon Hoops motto: We Believe In Cleve!

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  1. In men's Atlantic Region action, the PSAC West is guaranteed a spot in the finals. #3 IUP bounced Stroudsburg today while Slippery Rock just upset #2 seed Winston-Salem, 69-67. Tabari Perry's layup with 2.6 seconds left was the difference. I can't help but think "that could have been us."

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  2. West Liberty overwhelms Bowie State in their first-round matchup, 114-86. The Hilltoppers, who led 66-41 at halftime, hit 12-of-22 threes and 40-of-60 overall from the field. The way the CIAA has been beat up today, you have to guess Fairmont State will handle Livingstone in the #4/5 matchup.

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    1. Fairmont leads Livingstone 54-27 at the half. Couldn't see that coming ...

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    2. And with the way that the Shaw women were trounced on Friday, it's been a forgettable postseason for the CIAA.

      And an unforgettable one for the PSAC West ... the men are 2-0 and the only time that a PSAC west women's team lost have been when they they play each other. And with Gannon / Cal in the final, that's guaranteed to continue.

      The men's Atlantic Regional final is guaranteed to be a PSAC West vs. WVIAC battle.

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  3. Well, this is the best defensive team that Cleve has put on the floor in his Gannon tenure. Just tremendous. They force turnovers and turn their defense to offense. This team is deep and talented and wears the opposition down. They never let IUP get back on the game once the lead swelled to double-figures.

    Who would ever have though that the March 5 PSAC quarterfinal was a preview of the regional final? Cal looked very bad against us in the quarterfinal, but they have looked considerably better against 'Boro and Glenville. Gannon will have to play well to beat the Vulcans on Monday.

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  4. Two fun facts:

    Gannon men won the 1988 NCAA East Regional final 25 years ago this month. Their opponent? California PA.

    Cal's interim athletic director, Dr. Karen (Fetzko) Hjerpe, is a 1991 Gannon grad and was a standout volleyball player during her time at GU.

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  5. Way to go Lady Knights! Good Luck against Cal.

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  6. One win away from a trip to San Antonio. The game against Cal is going to be TOUGH monday, Cal has been playing with such heart this tournament so far. The GU Ladies defensively haven't looked this good in years, Cleve and the team have kicked up the defenseive pressure to another level. If they play tomorrow like they did the 1st two games, they will win tomorrow. Should be a great game

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  7. IUP edges by the Rock, to advance, 53-50.

    I feel with Blazek healthy, we beat them TWICE.

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    Go Ladies!!!

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    1. In the same December doubleheader, our women beat IUP by 11 without Jen Papich. Injuries are part of the game ... it's all about how the team responds to them.

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  8. And West Liberty knocks off Farimont, setting up an IUP / West Liberty final. Interesting to see how West Lib will fare against a level of defense that they are not used to seeing.

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  9. How forgettable of an NCAA tournament season was this for the CIAA??

    The two CIAA tournament champions gave up a combined 225 points in their two NCAA losses, which came by a combined 57 points.

    Go Lady Knights!!

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  10. This thread is about the women, not the men. The men's season is over. Let's give the women their due credit, and talk about them right now, not the men. The women have had to play second fiddle to the men for all these years, and now it's their turn to get the glory, so let's give them the respect and recognition that they and their program, and their terrific coach, richly deserve. Go Lady Knights!

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    1. might want to tell the head blogger in chief that... he's been giving men's updates just like everyone else...

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  11. I haven't missed a Ladies home game in the 5yrs I lived in Erie. Attend many out of town games, so yeah, I agree its Lady Knight time.
    I hope Jenny Thies is back. She has really come on for a FR. If Cal doesn't play any better then Sat, we're in. The Ladies deserve a huge crowd so get your butts out to the mill and support our atheletes.

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  12. I wish I still live in Erie so that I could go to the game tonight. Hope you all can get out to rock the Mill. Go Lady Knights!!

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