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Overtime Victory for Juniata's Men's basketball team

(Posted January 21, 2002)

MEN'S BASKETBALL (9-6, 2-4 Commonwealth): Jan. 22, Lebanon Valley; Jan. 26 at Widener.
On Wednesday evening, Juniata traveled to Albright for a Commonwealth Conference outing against former Eagle head coach Rick Ferry. The blue and gold overcame a 15-point deficit in the second half and got a half-court buzzer-beater by sophomore forward Ben Gallagher (Butler/Butler) as time expired in regulation to tie the contest at Albright, 83-83, before the Eagles were able to out-score the Lions, 17-9, in the extra stanza and post a 100-92 triumph. Senior forward Dave Reddick (North Hills/Pittsburgh) led Juniata with 23 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and three assists. It was his second straight double-double and sixth of the season. Gallagher finished with 20 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Crandall had five rebounds, three assists and two steals in addition to his 19 points. Sophomore forward Josh Tyler (Bellwood-Antis/Altoona) had all 11 of his points in the first half and he pulled down seven rebounds, while sophomore guard Jeff Lau (York Catholic/Glen Rock) came off the bench to score 12 points. The last time Juniata scored 100 points in a game came during the 1993-94 season against Misericordia. On Saturday, the Eagles fell at conference foe Moravian, 86-72. Crandall led Juniata with 19 points and he also passed out four assists. Reddick posted 12 points, two rebounds and two steals, while Gallagher had 11 points and a game-best nine rebounds. Tyler finished with two points, two rebounds and three assists, while sophomore forward Travis Martin (Huntingdon/Huntingdon) tallied three points, two boards and three assists.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (8-9, 4-2 Commonwealth): Jan. 23, Lebanon Valley; Jan. 26 at Widener.
The Eagles started a three-game road week with a 73-52 win at Albright on Tuesday evening in Commonwealth Conference play. Senior forward Brandy Preslovich (Bald Eagle Area/Moshannon) reached double figures in scoring for the 13th straight game for Juniata with 20 points and 11 rebounds. It was her third consecutive double-double and fifth of the year. She made good on eight of 13 shots from the floor and was four of five from the foul line. Preslovich also had two blocked shots and two steals. In addition, junior center Kelly Steinbeiser (Altoona/Altoona) posted 13 points and four rebounds. She had nine of those points in the first half to help Juniata take a 31-28 lead into intermission. Senior guard Kelli Young (United/Vintondale) had 11 points, seven assists, six rebounds and five steals. She was nine of 12 from the charity stripe. Junior guard Jen LaCount (Westmont Hilltop/Johnstown) added in 10 points and two rebounds. On Thursday, Juniata ran its all-time record against Penn State-Altoona to 5-0 with an 81-74 victory on the home floor of the Cougars. The Eagles got 19 points from LaCount, who also had three rebounds and two steals. Junior guard Casey Shoup (Altoona/Altoona) tallied 15 points and was six of six from the foul line. Preslovich reached double figures for the 14th straight game and finished the outing with 14 points. Preslovich also had nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. Senior guard Kelly Grove (Penns Valley/Spring Mills) added in 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Young had eight assists, four points, three steals and two rebounds. On Saturday, Juniata's five-game winning streak came to a close with a 76-61 loss at Moravian in conference play. It was a match-up of second-place teams in the Commonwealth. Grove had 20 points for Juniata. She also recorded three rebounds, three steals and two assists. Preslovich reached double figures in scoring for the 15th straight game. She had 13 points, three steals and a rejection. Preslovich tied for game-high rebounding honors with Steinbeiser as each posted eight boards. Freshman center Katie Charles (Manheim Township/Lancaster) came off the bench to score 11 points for the Eagles.

WOMEN'S SWIMMING (3-4): Jan. 23 at Susquehanna; Jan. 26 at Elizabethtown.
Juniata traveled to Widener on Saturday afternoon and suffered a 111-81 loss to the Pioneers after being out of competition for a month and a half. The last time the Eagles were in action came on December 5, but a cancellation of the scheduled December 8 meet with Scranton and the semester break have kept the blue and gold tankers out of the competitive pool. The loss snaps a three-meet winning streak for Juniata and drops the Eagles to 3-4 on the year. The meet started well for Juniata which took first in the 200-yard medley relay (2:00.17) with the team of senior Erinn Soule (Manheim Township/Lititz), sophomore Kim Allen (Susquehanna Township/Harrisburg), senior Jenn Dorsch (Gov. Thomas Johnson/Frederick, MD) and freshman Kathleen Trainor (Upper Merion/King of Prussia). It would be the only lead that the Eagles would have as Widener placed first in the next three races. Individually, Allen was the only Juniata performer to take top honors on the afternoon. She touched first in both the 200-yard individual medley (2:21.54) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:33.37). Trainor was second in both the 100-yard freestyle (59.50) and the 200-yard freestyle (2:07.58), while Dorsch was the runner up in the 50-yard freestyle (27.40) and senior Katie Lloyd (Liberty/Bethlehem) was second in the 200-yard backstroke (2:40.32).

MEN'S AND WOMEN'S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD: Jan. 26 at Bucknell Invitational.
Juniata got back into action on Saturday afternoon at the DuCharme Relays hosted by Dickinson. The Eagle men took first with 88 points, while the Juniata women placed third out of six teams with 42 points. Dickinson won the women's outing with 126 points. For the men, junior Dusty Lehr (Bermudian Springs/New Oxford) and freshman Jeremy Weber (Garden Spot/Mohnton) paced the unit. Lehr took first in the 55-meter high hurdles (7.94), the high jump (6' 1 1/2") and the pole vault (14' 6"), while Weber won the long jump (21' 8 1/4") and the triple jump (41' 4 1/2"). In addition, the 4x400-meter relay team placed first for the Juniata men (3:40.27). Junior Stefanie Rynkewitz (Lewistown/Lewistown) was the lone first-place finisher for the blue and gold women as she hit the tape first in the 55-meter dash (8.02).

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