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Point Park ends season in 'others receiving votes' section of NAIA DII Top 25 Poll

March 20, 2013 at 10:00 p.m. ET

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Head coach Tony Grenek and the Pioneers in a timeout in the national tournament game vs. IWU. Photo by Bill Ketrow.

NAIA DII TOP 25 POLL (POSTSEASON)

 

PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University women's basketball team has ended the year in the same place where it spent most of the 2012-13 season, in the 'others receiving votes' section of the NAIA Division II women's basketball rankings.

The Pioneers (25-7, 11-4 KIAC), who racked up a school record for wins and made the national tournament for the second year in a row, came in at No. 29 overall and in the 'others receiving votes' area of the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Postseason Top 25 Poll released on Wednesday (March 20).

Point Park, champions of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament and Regular Season, spent all but a couple of weeks this year receiving votes in the rankings. The Pioneers were never able to crack the Top 25 rankings although it ended the year ranking 13th in the country in winning percentage at .781. With its school-record 25 victories, the Pioneers were 16th in the nation in total wins.

The KIAC is the only conference out of the 13 in NAIA Division II that does not have a ranked team in the final poll. The KIAC did not have a Top 25 team all season, the only league nationally to be shutout of the rankings.

Point Park's second-consecutive trip to the NAIA Division II national tournament ended with a 61-31 loss to No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan in the first round. Indiana Wesleyan (35-3) went on to win the national title with the best defense in the nation (47.71 ppg) and is ranked No. 1 in the final Top 25 Poll.

Point Park ended the year with the 11th-best defense in the country giving up 56.06 ppg. The Pioneers also ranked ninth in NAIA DII in turnover margin at +4.84 turnovers per game.

The Pioneers have made the national tournament each of the last two years after not going to a postseason of any kind for the previous 12 seasons. Point Park is 48-14 during that span under second-year head coach Tony Grenek. The previous team record for wins was set last year at 23-7, the only other 20-win season in program annals.

Last year was the first and only time Point Park women's basketball ever earned a Top 25 national ranking. The Pioneers got as high as No. 21 in the final ranking of the year after a near-upset of then-No. 10 Corban (Ore.) that went for a 60-58 loss in the first round of the national tourney.

The Pioneers return three of five starters next year including leading scorer and rebounder, sophomore forward Ja'Nia McPhatter (15.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg), from New Castle, Pa. Among the the Pioneers' four double-digit scorers this year were senior guards Emily Schartner (12.0 ppg) and April Austin (10.4 ppg) and junior guard/forward Teresa Davis (10.0 ppg). Joining McPhatter and Davis as returning starters next year will be second-leading rebounder Katresa Savisky (8.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg), a junior guard/forward.

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