No. 23 Point Park women get big win over Roberts, ties school wins record
Feb. 11, 2012
Katresa Savisky had 18 points in Saturday's big win. Photo by Richard Finch.
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- In a matchup of 18-win teams, No. 23 Point Park University got an important home victory over Roberts Wesleyan College, 57-39, Saturday afternoon at CCAC-South Gym and tied the program record for most victories in a season.
The Pioneers (19-5, 10-1 AMC), ranked No. 23 in this week's NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, matched the 1993-94 Point Park team that finished with a final record of 19-12.
Point Park still has three games in the regular season with which to break the school wins record, beginning with Sunday's home game versus Fisher (MA) College at 2 p.m.
Saturday's win, which swept the season series over Roberts Wesleyan (18-9, 8-4 AMC), guarantees that the Pioneers will play a first-round home in the AMC Tournament Feb. 21. Point Park will at the very least be the No. 2 seed in the four-team playoff format, although it is still in first place by a half game over second-place Daemen (20-6, 10-2) at the moment.
On Saturday, the Pioneers got out to a 33-18 halftime lead behind the strong play of Joncelyn Peterkin early on and maintained its lead due to the stellar performace of Katresa Savisky down the stretch.
Peterkin, a 6-2, senior center, finished with 10 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals. In great, all-around first half, she has 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals by intermission. She nailed a jumper as the first half expired to give the Pioneers the 33-18 lead at the break.
In the second half, Savisky had 11 of her 18 points. A 5-9 forward from Butler, Pa., and a transfer from Butler County CC, Savisky was 6 of 8 from the field and 2 of 2 from 3-point range. The sophomore also added five rebounds.
Despite the 15-point lead at the break, Point Park opened the second half on a 1-for-16 shooting slump. In the process, Roberts Wesleyan cut the lead to 34-27 with 13:07 to go.
But Kristen Veseleny, who totaled nine points, hit a jumper and a 3-pointer to end the rut. Savisky followed with two jumpers of her own and a big 3-pointer to cap off a 14-5 run and a 48-32 lead with 5:14 to go.
After Roberts got within 34-27 with 13:07 left, it made just three field goals the rest of the way. The Point Park defense, which entered the day ranking second in the country in scoring defense (51.8 ppg) and fourth in field-goal defense (.332), limited the Raiders to 26 percent from the floor.
Point Park has won 14 of 15 games, and in that stretch it has held its opponent under 50 points 11 times. The Pioneers had beaten Roberts Wesleyan by an identical score of 57-39 on the road Jan. 21.
Emily Schartner chipped in 10 points for the Pioneers, who shot 37 percent on the day. They shot 43 percent the first half, but its shooting slump out of the lockerroom contributed to 31-percent shooting (9 of 29) after halftime. Point Park made 7 of 19 treys for 37 percent and held a 45-34 edge in rebounds.
Guard Marissa Bunce had 20 points the strength of 5 of 9 from the perimeter, but none of her Roberts teammates had more than seven points.
In its final three games, Point Park needs two wins to clinch the No. 1 seed in the AMC Tournament, but it needs only one more win if that win happens to be at second-place Daemen Feb. 18.
If the Pioneers beat winless Fisher (0-27, 0-13 AMC) on its Senior Day Sunday and then win at Carlow (12-12, 4-8 AMC) Tuesday, then it will lock up the top seed in the playoffs. Not only that, in that scenario, the game at Daemen would not matter toward the standings.
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