Point Park women set school record with 9th-straight win, improve to 14-4, 5-0
Jan. 21, 2012
The Pioneers and coach Tony Grenek have not lost since Dec. 4. Photo by Matt Desmond.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- In a matchup of top-10 defenses in NAIA Division II women's basketball, Point Park University broke open a rugged first half on its way to a 57-39, American Mideast Conference victory at Roberts Wesleyan.
The victory was the ninth in a row for Point Park (14-4, 5-0 AMC), which set a school record for consecutive wins. The Pioneers bested the previous mark of eight wins in a row set by the 1993-94 team that finished 19-12. The win also allowed Point Park to match its win total of last year when it was 14-13.
Point Park remained unbeaten in the AMC and has not lost a game of any kind since Dec. 4. The only other unbeaten team in the league is NAIA DII No. 24 Daemen (6-0 AMC).
Point Park led Roberts Wesleyan (12-8, 2-3 AMC) by a slim margin of 20-19 at halftime as both teams struggled shooting the first 20 minutes. Point Park is second in the NAIA Division II in scoring defense, and Roberts Wesleyan is eighth.
The rugged defense showed the first half as Roberts Wesleyan was held to 18 percent (6 of 33) from the field, and Point Park was not much better at 22 percent (6 of 27).
But the Pioneers broke the game open the final 20 minutes as they outscored the Raiders, 37-20, the second half. Point Park got its offense going out of the halftime locker room as its 13-4 run resulted in a 33-23 lead with 12:53 to go. The Pioneers made 4 of 8 field goals in that span after struggling prior.
Emily Schartner, a junior guard and a transfer from New Jersey Institute of Technology, scored a season-high 19 points including a 3-pointer that put Point Park ahead, 36-29 with 10:44 to go. Roberts Wesleyan had made a small spurt before that trey. Schartner is a native of Finleyville., Pa., and a Ringgold High School grad.
Senior guard/forward Kristen Beatty and sophomore forward Katresa Savisky scored 12 points apiece for Point Park. Beatty is a North Allegheny High School producte, and Savisky is from Butler High School.
Point Park took complete control of the game after Schartner hit a 3-pointer followed by a jumper and a trey by Savisky. That flurry gave the Pioneers a 45-33 lead with under eight minutes to play.
The Pioneer maintained a 10-point lead over the next several minutes before the final margin was bumped up to 18. Point Park scored the last eight points of the game and did not allow any points the final 3:42.
Point Park shot 52 percent (12 of 23) from the field the final 20 minutes. Roberts improved its shooting a little bit to the tune of 32 percent the second half, but the tough Point Park defense allowed just 24-percent shooting for the game.
With its defensive effort, Point Park lowered its scoring defense to 52.7 ppg and its field-goal percentage defense to .331. The field-goal defense entered the game ranking fifth in the country.
No Roberts Wesleyan player reached double figures, and Marissa Sell had a team-high eight off the bench. The Raiders held a 47-34 lead in rebounds, but their poor shooting limited the advantage. The Raiders also made 26 turnovers, and Point Park had 20.
Point Park continues AMC play with a pair of conference home games next week. The Pioneers welcome crosstown rival Carlow on Tuesday. Game time is 7 p.m. at CCAC-South Gym. Point Park has a showdown with first-place Daemen next Saturday, Jan. 28 (3:30 p.m.).
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