The Gannon Lady Knight changed from "Sweet" to "Elite" last week and Boardman High School graduate Doriyon Glass was with them.
Already in the Sweet 16 and playing in the championship game of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional in front of a partisan crowd of 1,403 at their Hammermill Center, the Knights beat California (Pa.) 50-47 to advance the Elite 8 in San Antonio, Texas, next week.
In no way did the victory, the 16th straight at home for No. 1 seed Gannon, come in an easy fashion. The Vulcans, the No. 7 seed that had already beaten No. 2 Edinboro, led 18-13 at halftime.
Gannon (31-4) did not catch Cal (22-9) until sophomore Glass hit a layup with 8:47 left in the game tied the score at 27.
Overall, Glass scored 16 points and had six rebounds and made the All-Tournament Team. One of her biggest plays was a blocked 3-point shot attempt with 10 seconds left.
Gannon suffered a loss to Ashland, 74-63, during the opening round of the Elite Eight tournament.
Glass, however, began a big offensive night with a three-pointer 17 seconds after the opening tip and led the Gannon offensive attack with 17 points, hitting 6-of-8 field goals.
Glass is a 2010 graduate and a former Lady Spartan basketball player who was named to the All-Federal League second team as a senior and won MVP honors at the Mahoning County All Star Game after fighting her way through three ACL knee injuries during her high school career.
She is the daughter of David and Dr. Dorothy Collins and is a pre-law major at Gannon.