Tiana Stewart just graduated from Seton Hill, but her basketball career is continuing overseas.
Stewart will earn a master’s degree while playing for TeamGLEAS, which gives former college players a chance to keep playing and studying in another country.
A 5-foot-9 swing guard, Stewart will play for Newcastle University in Tyne, England. Newcastle plays in the British Universities and Colleges Sport Premier League.
“Tiana overcame a lot to even have a college career, so to see her be able to extend her basketball experience after earning a bachelor’s degree is remarkable,” Griffins coach Mark Katarski said. “As a global studies major, and someone who has traveled quite a bit, this is a perfect opportunity for her, and we couldn’t be any prouder.”
Newcastle University is affiliated with the Newcastle Eagles of the Women’s British Basketball League and sometimes has players go to the pro league.
Stewart played in 29 games last season for Seton Hill, averaging 8.1 points and 5 rebounds. She made a team-high 47 3-pointers.
Pitt: Redshirt sophomore Luke Mort (Greensburg Central Catholic) had the first multiple-assist game of his college career, providing two helpers as the third-ranked Panthers blanked Duquesne, 7-0.
Mort played 61 minutes. Anthony Harding (Norwin), a redshirt junior, played 22 minutes in the win.
Westmoreland County Community College: Former Hempfield boys soccer coach Jason Demko now is the head coach at WCCC. Demko coached Hempfield for three years and has worked with numerous youth leagues.
WCCC did not have a season in 2020 because of the pandemic and only played seven games in 2019.
Pitt: Redshirt sophomore Emily Harrigan (Norwin), a transfer from Rutgers, had an assist for the Panthers in a 5-0 win over New Jersey Institute of Technology. Pitt is off to a 4-0 start. Harrigan came off the bench to play in all four.
She played in 24 games at Rutgers and had a goal and an assist in 2019.
Pitt-Greensburg: Expectations are high this fall for the Bobcats as a more normal season is set to unfold.
UPG, under ninth-year coach Chuck Wigle, were picked to finish second in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, behind Penn State Behrend.
The Bobcats finished 19-1-1 in 2019, including a 9-0-1 mark in the conference, and won their first AMCC regular season and tournament championships.
The 2020 season was canceled because of covid-19.
Additionally, junior Ashley Lucas was named the AMCC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Lucas was the conference’s offensive player and newcomer of the year as a freshman two years ago after she led the AMCC in goals (23), assists (11), points (57) and shots (112). Her 12 winning goals set a school record. She was an all-conference first-team selection and made the United Soccer Coaches Association NCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region Second Team.
Senior goalkeeper Lauren Yoder is another top returnee. She was the AMCC Defensive Player of the Year in 2019 and also made the all-conference first team. Yoder had school records of 18 wins and 14 shutouts, a save-percentage of 89.4, and a 0.59 goals-against average.
Seton Hill: Coaches in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference think the Griffins will finish third in the conference’s West Division this season. That is where they came up in a preseason poll.
Seton Hill opens the season Sept. 3 at the Findlay Tournament.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .