The California (Pa.) women held off a late charge by visiting Virginia Union Wednesday night for an 82-80 non-conference home victory.
Virginia Union, ranked fifth in the nation, outscored the Vulcans (3-0) in the fourth quarter, 27-15.
The visitors pulled out to a 24-14 lead in the first quarter, but California outscored Virginia Union in the middle two quarters 53-29 for a 14-point lead.
Monica Burns led the way for the Vulcans with 21 points, including 3-of-7 from 3-point range and 8-of-10 from the foul line. She scored 14 in the second half.
Shauna Harrison finished with 19 points, Olivia Hudson scored 17 and Bianca Jasper added 13 for California.
Shareka McNeill scored a game-high 32 points for the Panthers (1-1). Shameka McNeill scored 13, Ifunanya Okoye had 11, and Dy’Manee Royal finished with 10.
Chatham 90, Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus 56 — The Cougars outscored visiting Penn State Fayette in the first quarter, 25-10, and cruised to a non-conference home victory.
Chatham (2-0) led 44-21 at halftime and 63-33 after three quarters.
Taylor McCormick, Kaitlyn Riley and Anaejah Harris all scored 11 points for the Lady Lions (0-1). Shelbie Brown grabbed 10 rebounds and scored nine points.
Emily Onda led Chatham with 23 points and 12 rebounds, both game highs. Riley D’Angelo and Kaitlyn Fertig both scored 15 points. Aliyah Labriola finished with 12 points. Charleroi grad Sierra Short finished with five points, including 3-of-3 from the foul line.
California (Pa.) 88, Salem 73 — The Vulcans held a 6-point lead at halftime and made the advantage stand over the final 20 minutes for their first victory of the season.
The Vulcans improve to 1-2 overall, while Salem goes to 1-1.
Brent Pegram led California with 24 points, shooting 6-of-12 from 3-point range. Zyan Collins finished with 16 points. Luke House and Philip Alexander both scored 12. Jermaine Hall, Jr., added 10. Babatunde Ajike pulled down 10 rebounds.
Jordan Forbes scored a game-high 35 points in the loss. He also pulled down nine rebounds.