KU women top Cheyney, give Malouf 350th ca­reer win

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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.

Men’s bas­ket­ball

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.

Wrestling

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.

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