Cram Session features quick-hitting athlete updates and commentary:
• Mercyhurst Prep graduate Brenna Robbins had a solid all-around game Saturday, but the Longwood (Va.) women’s basketball team lost to High Point 81-65. Robbins, a 5-foot 10-inch freshman guard, had a season-high 11 rebounds to go with four points, four assists and four steals.
Robbins has played in all 20 games and has averaged 24 minutes for Longwood (6-14 overall, 3-8 Big South). She made her fifth start of the season Saturday, including her second in a row. Robbins is averaging 3.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. She will look to improve her shooting from the field (23.6 percent) and free-throw line (47.8 percent).
• General McLane grad Sarah Hansen had just seven points on 2-of-9 shooting, but Florida Gulf Coast moved to 7-0 in the Atlantic Sun Conference with a 54-34 win over North Florida. Hansen also had six rebounds for the Eagles, who improved to 13-6 overall with their seventh straight win.
• The Indiana women, coached by Girard native Curt Miller, dropped to 15-5 overall and 2-5 in the Big Ten with an 84-75 loss to Iowa on Saturday in a game that was televised live on the Big Ten Network. The Hoosiers had beaten Iowa earlier in the season to move to 14-0, but they have gone 1-5 since then. Three freshmen — Larryn Brooks (17.4 ppg), Taylor Alger (8.4 ppg) and Alexis Gassion (7.0 ppg) — start for Indiana’s young team. Another freshman, Villa Maria graduate Karlee McBride, is a top substitute. She is averaging 5.0 points per game in 18 games and has seen her playing time increase steadily.
• Villa Maria grad Lisa Mifsud had 12 points, three rebounds and three assists as Holy Cross lost to Navy 60-53 Saturday. Mifsud, a sophomore guard, has been hot lately, but she shot 5-of-18 from the field Saturday, including 2-of-10 from 3-point range. The Crusaders dropped to 12-7 overall and 4-4 in the Patriot League.
• Jessica Zoltowski, a Harbor Creek grad, had a team-high 20 points and seven rebounds, but Elmira saw its 10-game winning streak end in a 67-40 loss to St. John Fisher on Saturday. The senior guard shot 5-of-16 from the field and 10-of-13 from the free-throw line. Elmira, a Division III team, dropped to 11-3 overall and 4-1 in the Empire 8 Conference. Zoltowski moved her career point total to 1,375 — 82 shy of the Elmira record.
• Mercyhurst Prep grad Marie Case won the all-around competition with a 39.150 to help No. 22 Kent State to a 194.025-192.100 win at Western Michigan on Friday. Case, a former Lakettes Academy standout, won the balance beam (9.850) and tied for first in the floor exercise (9.850).
INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD:
• Malik Moffett-Pullium, a Cathedral Prep grad, broke his week-old Penn State Behrend record with a high jump of 2.02 meters (6 feet 8 inches) in the Spire North Coast Open Saturday at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Fort LeBoeuf’s Kevin Gardner finished third in the event with a jump of 1.97 meters. Moffett-Pullium, a freshman, also placed third in the 60 meters with a time of 7.03 seconds.
Meanwhile, Northwest Collegiate Academy grad and former Strong Vincent standout Josh Natalie and Fort LeBoeuf grad Matt McWilliams teamed with Devin Beggs (Franklin) and Brent Channer (East Stroudsburg) to set a Behrend record in the distance medley relay with a time of 10:35.66.
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor