Behrend basketball teams open winter sports season

A Penn State Behrend women's basketball player defends the back court as an opposing player approaches.

The Penn State Behrend women's basketball team finished second in the Creative Imprints Tip-Off Tournament, which the Lions hosted. 

Credit: Penn State Behrend

Penn State Behrend’s basketball teams opened their 2018-19 seasons hoping to build on the college’s athletic success during the fall semester – including a best-ever showing by the men’s soccer team in the NCAA Division III tournament.

The college’s soccer, wrestling and water polo teams also were in action last week. Here are the highlights:

Men’s soccer

Calvin 4, Penn State Behrend 1

The Lions exited the NCAA Division III tournament in the semifinals round, finishing their season with a 16-4-2 record. Goalkeeper Chris Ralph, a senior from Murrysville, made eight saves, including a blocked penalty kick. 

Men’s basketball

Penn State Behrend 63, Thiel 46

Penn State Behrend 81, Carnegie Mellon 72

Dan Wanker, a senior from Pittsburgh, scored 20 points against Thiel. Andy Niland, a senior from Fairview, scored 23 against Carnegie Mellon. 

Women’s basketball

Wooster 68, Penn State Behrend 62

Mt. Union 74, Penn State Behrend 43

Penn State Behrend 61, Fredonia 57

Alanna Dibble, a freshman from Lakewood, New York, was named to the all-tournament team for the Creative Imprints Tip-Off Tournament by shooting 42.9 percent from the field. She added 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds against Wooster.


John Carroll 46, Penn State Behrend 3

Waynesburg 31, Penn State Behrend 14

Penn State Behrend 32, Urbana 21

Lourdes 38, Penn State Behrend 18

Jake Paulson, a sophomore from Erie, was 4-0 at the John Carroll Duals. Paulson, who wrestles in the 184-pound weight class, won twice by pin and twice by decision. 

Men’s water polo

Penn State Behrend 13, Austin College 10

Penn State Behrend 8, Austin College 6

UCLA 18, Penn State Behrend 1

Isaak Hatopp, a junior from Saline, Michigan, and Austin Hoff, a junior from Lake Forest, California, each scored three goals against Austin College to win the fifth-place game at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships.

Scores, results and updates for Penn State Behrend athletics are posted at