Game Notes: Point Park women at Carlow (Fri, 7:30 pm) & WVU Tech (Sat., 2 pm)
Feb. 15-16, 2013
Ja'Nia McPhatter and the Pioneers have two road games this weekend. Photo by Evan Skowvron.
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park women (21-5, 10-4 KIAC) have a big final weekend of the regular season with road games at Carlow on Friday (7:30 p.m.) and at WVU Tech on Saturday (2:00 p.m.).
The Pioneers have a chance to win outright or share the KIAC Regular Season Title if they can win at Carlow (14-13, 5-9 KIAC). Point Park won the previous meeting, 69-52, at home Jan. 22. A win at Carlow would also mean the team record for wins in the regular season with 22.
It'll be another tough road game at WVU Tech (12-13) on Saturday. The Pioneers beat the Golden Bears at home, 66-54, on Jan. 26 after a big second half extended a 30-26 halftime lead for Point Park.
Complete Gameday Information & Coverage is provided below.
Point Park Pioneers (21-5, 10-4 KIAC) at Carlow Celtics (14-13, 5-9 KIAC), Fri., Feb. 15 (7:30 p.m.)
Location: Oakland Catholic HS (144 N Craig St), Admission Free.
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What's at Stake: Point Park needs a win to keep its hopes alive for winning or sharing the KIAC Regular Season Title. The Pioneers hold a half-game lead over Asbury (Ky.) (9-4 KIAC) for first place int he KIAC. If Asbury wins its final two games, starting Saturday vs. IU Southeast, Asbury would take away the title from Point Park.
But the Pioneers need to beat Carlow to stay in the picture. A loss to Carlow could drop Point Park as far down as third place with Alice Lloyd (Ky.) currently lurking at 9-5 KIAC with only Saturday's date with Midway (Ky.) remaining.
With a win over Point Park, Carlow could move up as high as seventh in the standings. The Celtics are currently in eighth place.
Last Meeting: Point Park beat Carlow, 69-52, at home Jan. 22. The Pioneers placed all five starters in double figures led by April Austin with 16 points and Katresa Savisky with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Carlow had a 49-47 lead with 6:43 left, but Point Park ended the game on a 22-3 run to win by 17. Jessalyn Timko led Carlow with 14 points, and Chanel Berry added 10 off the bench.
The Series: Point Park has won the last meetings. The Pioneers have beaten Carlow twice each year the previous four seasons, and the Jan. 22 win made nine in a row for Point Park. Since 1999, Point Park has a 16-8 record vs. Carlow. The last time Carlow won was when the beat Point Park twice in 2007-08. Point Park was 2-25 that year.
What's at Stake: Point Park can finish the regular season strong with a good road win at WVU Tech (12-13). The Pioneers are receiving votes in the NAIA DII Top 25 Poll at No. 32 overall and can bolster their resume with another win against one of the top NAIA Division I independents in the country.
WVU Tech does not have a strong overall record at 12-13, but it has played a tough schedule -- mostly on the road -- as an independent team without a conference. Also, the Golden Bears are NAIA Division I, which means they operate at a higher scholarship limit. WVU Tech is only 4-11 on the road but is 6-2 at home.
Last Meeting: Point Park's Ja'Nia McPhatter had 15 of her 17 points the second to power Point Park to a big second half and a 66-54 win over WVU Tech at home Jan. 26. The Pioneers were up, 30-26, at the break but the Golden Bears made four 3-pointers as part of a 12-3 run to open the second half and led, 38-33, with 15:17 left.
But McPhatter led a comeback for the Pioneers, who also got 15 points from Emily Schartner and 14 from April Austin. Amber Tully led WVU Tech with 20 points and four 3-pointers, and Amy Gardner added 18 points and 10 rebounds.