Free throws lift Behrend Lions over La Roche

Penn State Behrend basketball player Kourtney Beamesdefer dribbles the ball.

Kourtney Beamesderfer, a sophomore from Rebersburg, scored 14 points against La Roche, including 4 on free-throws in the final 13 seconds.

Credit: Penn State Behrend

ERIE, Pa. — The Penn State Behrend women’s basketball team beat La Roche at the foul line: Sophomore Kourtney Beamesderfer made four foul shots in the final 13 seconds, nudging the score to 70-69.

Penn State Behrend’s volleyball, wrestling, track and field, and swimming and diving teams also were in action last week. Here are the highlights:

Men’s basketball

Penn State Behrend 77, Franciscan 43

La Roche 57, Penn State Behrend 50

Dan Wanker, a senior from Pittsburgh, scored his 1,000th career point in the win over Franciscan. He and Justin Gorny, a senior from South Park, combined for 39 of the team’s 77 points.

Women’s basketball

Penn State Behrend 70, Franciscan 34

Penn State Behrend 70, La Roche 69

Caitlin Carnuche, a freshman from New Castle, recorded her first career double-double in the win over Franciscan, scoring 20 points and adding 11 rebounds.

Men’s swimming and diving

Penn State Behrend 140, St. Vincent 122

Penn State Behrend 133, Malone 71

Mark Patterson, a senior from North Huntingdon, won the 100 and 200 backstroke races at St. Vincent. He also swam a leg of the 200 freestyle relay, which the Lions won.

Women’s swimming and diving

St. Vincent 146, Penn State Behrend 107

Malone 109, Penn State Behrend 83

Marcella Puglia, a freshman from Beaver Falls, won the 200 and 500 freestyle races against Malone. She also won the 1,000 freestyle at St. Vincent.

Men’s volleyball

St. John Fisher 3, Penn State Behrend 0

Elmira 3, Penn State Behrend 2

Elms 3, Penn State Behrend 0

Dillon Hildebrand, a junior from Red Lion, recorded 14 kills against Elmira. He had 12 more against St. John Fisher.

Men’s track and field

Jack Georgetson, a sophomore from Aliquippa, won the pole vault at the Mount Union Wuske invite. He set a personal record of 15-07.

Women’s track and field

Riley Crissman, a junior from Bradford, won the 3,000-meter run at the Mount Union Wuske invite, finishing in 10:43.67. Jenna Shelton, a senior from Cabot, won the mile run, finishing in 5:28.95.


Case Western 27, Penn State Behrend 16

Kent State Tuscarawas 30, Penn State Behrend 27

Levko Higgins, a sophomore from Palmyra, won twice — first by forfeit, and then by pin. Michael Binni, a freshman from Canonsburg, won two matches by major decision.

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