Pioneers open season with 86-82 win at Wilberforce University
Nov. 6, 2012
Emily Schartner had 19 points for Point Park in its season-opening win at Wilberforce on Tuesday.
WILBERFORCE, Ohio -- Newcomer Ja'Nia McPhatter had 26 points to power the Point Park University women's basketball team to an 86-82 win at Wilberforce University, in its season opener Tuesday night.
Point Park (1-0) had three players in double figures, led by McPhatter, a 5-9, sophomore forward who transferred this year from La Roche. A former star at New Castle High School, McPhatter was 11 for 15 from the field and added seven rebounds in her Point Park debut.
Senior guard Emily Schartner added 19 points, and junior guard/forward Teresa Davis put in 14. Schartner had 15 points the second half and Davis 10 to help the Pioneers erase a 40-37 halftime deficit.
Point Park was still down, 59-58, midway through the second half before mounting a key, 8-2 run to go up 67-61 with just over six minutes to play. Point Park maintained a lead of a couple of possesions from then on.
Point Park made 30 free throws and shot 78.9 percent from the foul line (30 for 38) on the night. That performance helped to put the game away late. Schartner was 7 for 7, and Davis was 4 for 4.
Schartner, a former transfer from NCAA Division I NJIT and the AMC Newcomer of the Year last year, also had eight rebounds and five assists on the evening. Davis, who is 5-6, added 10 rebounds.
Also with a good all-around game was sophomore guard Haley Sauer from Shaler High School with eight points, nine rebounds and five assists. Joining Schartner, Sauer, Davis and McPhatter in the starting lineup was Katresa Savisky.
Point Park has 2 of 5 starters returning from last year's team that was 23-7 overall and reached the NAIA Division II national tournament as the No. 21-ranked team in the final Top 25 Poll. Joining Schartner as a returning starter is the Pioneers' best player, senior guard April Austin, who is sitting out the first semester with only a half year of eligibility remaining following her transfer from Dayton three years ago.
Point Park's next game is its home opener on Thursday (Nov. 8) vs. Salem International (7 p.m.). That game will air live on internet radio by the student station WPPJ 670-AM and the MSA Sports Network. It is the first of 24 game broadcasts this year.
Check back later for a box score as it becomes available.