KU women top Cheyney, give Malouf 350th career win
The Kutztown University women’s basketball team had four players score in double-figures led by 20 points from Rylee Derr (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) in a 70-65 victory over a tough Cheyney University squad on the road on Saturday afternoon, securing head coach Janet Malouf’s 350th career win.
Malouf, the winningest women’s basketball coach in school history, ranks fifth all-time in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) in career wins, reaching the 350-win milestone versus Cheyney. She will have the opportunity to move in fourth-place in PSAC career victories with a minimum of three games remaining for Kutztown, needing 353 to pass Clarion’s Margaret Parsons (352).
Derr picked up where she left off in the two sides’ last meeting, in which she tied a school-record with seven three-pointers, making 6-of-8 attempts from distance with four of those coming in the opening 20 minutes. Derr, who now sits at 75 made three-pointers this season, continues to climb Kutztown’s all-time
single season three-pointers made list, surpassing Jenna Altomare’s 71 made triples from 2016-17, moving her into third all-time.
Keifonna Ferguson (Norristown, Pa./Norristown Area) delivered the inside production that KU has been lacking of late, going 4-for-9 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line, totaling 12 points and a teamhigh eight rebounds.
The win for Kutztown improves its record to 15-11 overall and an even 10-10 in the PSAC.
The Kutztown University men’s basketball team featured seven different players that scored at least five points, and had 10 players find their way into the scoring column altogether in a 93-59 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) win over Cheyney University at Cope Hall Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Bears (19-5 overall, 15-5 PSAC) were led by a game-high 22 points from senior guard Rafiq Marshall (Philadelphia, Pa./Simon Gratz (Cheyney)), who was making a homecoming appearance, returning to Cheyney for the first time since transferring to Kutztown after playing his first three seasons on the Cope Hall floor. It seemed as if the Philadelphia native was excited for his return, as he shot 50 percent (8-of-16) from the floor, including 4-for-8 from long distance, and also grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists.
Marshall led the charge of three other Kutztown players that scored in double-figures. Moe Williams (Townsend, Del./ Life Center Academy) had his third straight doubledouble, finishing with 18 points and 12 rebounds, going 8-of-8 from the field. Anthony Lee (Willow Grove, Pa./Abington) had 17 points and six rebounds and was 5-of-9 from three-point land. Max Wagner (Perkasie, Pa./Pennridge) was the fourth starter to reach double-digits, going for 11 points and adding five rebounds, while connecting on his lone 3-pointer of the day.
The Kutztown University wrestling team won 7-of-10 matches last Tuesday night to send its seniors off its style with a 29-9 victory over Shippensburg University at Keystone Arena, capping KU’s regular season with a seven-match winning streak.
The Golden Bears (8-6, 4-3 PSAC) posted a 7-1 record at home this season, as well as a 4-3 record in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) for a fourthplace finish in the league. KU now looks ahead to its biggest weekend of the year, the NCAA Super Region I Championships on Feb. 23-24 from Johnstown, Pa.
It was also Senior Night for the Golden Bears, as the careers of Cameron Scalio (Orrtanna, Pa./Fairfield Area), Austin Petril (Clifton Heights, Pa./Upper Darby (Ursinus)) and Ryan Appleby (Belvidere, N.J./Belvidere) were celebrated. Appleby was the lone senior to wrestle Tuesday night. KU’s nationally-ranked heavyweight won his final match at Keystone Arena by a 6-2 decision to enter regionals on a five-match winning streak.