PNC Arena hums as women’s basketball college and women’s basketball teams finish regular season in wins

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Tiana Mangakahia had 16 points and 14 assists and visiting North Carolina State men’s and women’s basketball teams won their Atlantic Coast Conference contests Saturday at Storrs, Conn.

The women’s team (24-2, 14-1 ACC) led 65-51 early in the fourth quarter. Shannon Cunane scored 15 of her 24 points in the second half.

Then Cunane — fouled while hitting a 3-pointer — converted a three-point play and free throw to make it 70-51, but that wasn’t the biggest play of the game. Anna Pechal scored three straight baskets for a 72-53 lead with 5:49 left. Pechal finished with 19 points, Taylor Greenfield had 16 and Greenfield hit five 3-pointers.

The men (19-8, 8-6) were led by Dillon Steward with a season-high 18 points. Christal Caldwell had 16 points and seven rebounds. Jeremiah Martin added 15 points. The Wolfpack won its first A-10 road game of the season, 75-62 at Dayton.

WCU 78, Loyola (MD) 62

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Elle Awosika scored 24 points, Siya Thomas had 19 and host Winston-Salem (19-9, 9-3) took over second place in the Southern Conference.

SWIMMING AND DIVING

Samuel Girard’s winning time of 2:04.40 was good for first place in the 200-yard backstroke and he teamed with Beau Burleson, Terrence Wade and Todd Lee to finish second in the 200-yard medley relay. Charlene Allen claimed two top-five finishes. She finished first in the 400-yard individual medley (4:29.52) and third in the 50-yard freestyle (25.56).

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