No. 22 Point Park beats Carlow, clinches No. 1 seed in AMC Tournament outright
Feb. 14, 2012
Pictured: April Austin (left) and Kristen Veseleny. File photo by Jack Megaw.
PITTSBURGH -- No. 22 Point Park University easily won at Carlow University, 66-39, Tuesday night and with the victory ensured at least a share of the American Mideast Conference regular season title.
The Pioneers (21-5, 12-1 AMC) have also locked up the No. 1 seed in the upcoming AMC Tournament outright. Even before Tuesday's win at Carlow (12-13, 4-9 AMC), Point Park had wrapped up the top seed because tiebreakers were in its favor.
But now Point Park has the top playoff seed even without the tiebreakers. The Pioneers will take a two-game lead over second-place Daemen (21-6, 11-2 AMC) into Saturday's regular-season finale for both teams. Point Park visits Daemen for a 2 p.m. tipoff.
For playoff seeding, the AMC standings will be adjusted to take out results versus NCAA DII-bound Walsh. Point Park is 11-0 in those standings, and Daemen is 9-2, which accounts for the two-game lead with one to play.
When it comes to the regular-season title, results versus Walsh do count. The outright regular-season title will be up for grabs on Saturday at Daemen. Point Park won the previous meeting, 51-43, over then-No. 19 Daemen Jan. 28. The win vaulted Point Park into the national rankings, and it moved up to No. 22 in Monday's Poll.
Point Park, which entered Tuesday ranked second in NAIA Division II in scoring defense at 51.2 ppg, had its usual stingy defense on display. The Pioneers have won 16 of their past 17 games, and Tuesday marked the 12th time in that stretch that they gave up 50 points or less.
The Pioneers scored the first 10 points of the game and were later up, 16-3, as point guard April Austin drilled three early 3-pointers. Point Park built a 23-7 lead at the 9:01 mark of the first half and went on to lead, 35-19, at the break.
Austin had nine of her 11 points in the first half, and reserve forward Katresa Savisky had 10 of her 11 points before the break. Emily Schartner finished with eight points and added a couple of 3-pointers to build the Pioneers' lead.
Point Park got solid production from several players and everyone played. Anna-Maria Boshkova totaled eight points and five rebounds, Kristen Veseleny had four points and five boards and Kristen Beatty chipped in four points and four caroms.
Teresa Davis tallied five points and four rebounds, and fellow backup point guard Maura McCaslin handed out four assists.
Point Park increased its advantage to 48-24 the first eight minutes of the second half and was up, 58-32, with just under six minutes to play.
Point Park held Carlow to 21.7-percent shooting overall (10 of 46). The Celtics made just five baskets each half. Point Park shot 42 percent (28 of 67) and had 17 assists on 28 hoopes. Point Park connected ton 47 percent (7 of 15) from outside the arc.
Rebounds were in a favor of Point Park, 42-39, as was the turnover battle, 16-22. Twelve different players scored for Carlow, and Chanel Berry led the team with nine.
The Pioneers will host an AMC Tournament first-round game Feb. 21 at CCAC-South Gymnasium. Game time is TBA. A possible Point Park men's home playoff game that night may materlize.
Point Park's first-round opponent in the four-team event will be either Houghton (5-8 AMC) or Carlow (4-9 AMC). Those teams meet Saturday at 2 p.m. in Houghton, N.Y. Houghton won the earlier meeting, 54-51. If Carlow wins Saturday to force a tie, the No. 4 seed will be determined by the tiebreaker system, perhaps getting as far as the coin-flip option.
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