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W. Basketball Game Recap

Point Park drops another KIAC game to Alice Lloyd (Ky.), this time on the road

Jan. 4, 2012 at 4:20 p.m. ET

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Katresa Savisky (3) had a career-high 24 points in Point Park's loss at Alice Lloyd Friday. Photo by Evan Skowvron.

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PIPPA PASSES, Ky. -- The Point Park University women's basketball team had its eight-game winning streak end with Friday afternoon's 63-57 loss at Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College in a KIAC game.

The Pioneers (12-3, 6-2 KIAC) had an off day day offensively, especially in the first half, as Alice Lloyd (9-6, 3-1 KIAC) came away with its second win over Point Park this year. Both of Point Park's KIAC losses have come to the Eagles.

Point Park, which is receiving votes nationally in the NAIA Division II Top 25 Poll, lost at home to Alice Lloyd, 71-64 on Nov. 21. On Friday, the Pioneers lost in similar fashion. Just like the first meeting, Point Park was down at the half, 27-19, and although it pulled even in the second half, Alice Lloyd had more success in the late-game situations to pull out the victory.

Point Park's Katresa Savisky, a junior guard from Butler, Pa., had a career-high 24 points. She had 18 points the second half to help the Pioneers erase the eight-point halftime deficit. Emily Schartner added 15 for the Pioneers, and her 3-pointer capped a 12-0 run to pull the Pioneers even at 37-37 early in the second half.

Point guard Carla Booth was the star of the game for Alice Lloyd with 24 points. She hit a number of big shots the second half, and she put the Eagles up 52-45 with 6:00 to go.

And although Point Park got within 52-50 on Schartner's trey with under 5:00 left, Alice Lloyd came up with a few key buckets to take control. Guarding the two-point lead, Alice Lloyd got 3-pointers from Booth and J.J. Hickson and an inside basket from standout forward Ariel Nickell for a 60-52 lead with 3:00 left.

Point Park made things very interesting when Teresa Davis hit from the outside to cut Alice Lloyd's lead to 60-57 with 1:06 left. The Pioneers had possession and called timeout with 27.2 seconds left still trailing, 60-57. But the inbounds pass was thrown away to Alice Lloyd.

Point Park fouled, and although the Eagles missed the front end of the one-and-one, the Eagles got the offensive rebound and ensuing 3-point play for the 63-57 advantage. Point Park came up empty on its last looks.

Besides point guard Booth with her team-high 24, Alice Lloyd had wing player Hickson and forward Nickell with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Nickell entered the game ranking 2nd in NAIA DII at 25.1 ppg.

The first-half deficit of 27-19 ended up being the demise of the Pioneers, who shot just 27 percent (9 of 33) the opening 20 minutes. Point Park shot 33 percent (21 for 63) for the game. The 19 points the first half were the second-lowest total in any half for the Pioneers this year.

Alice Lloyd ended up shooting 39 percent (23 for 58). The teams were even on 3-point shooting as Point Park was 6 for 17, and Alice Lloyd was 6 for 16. Point Park had held its previous six opponents under 60 points, but Alice Lloyd got just beyond that mark. It was the first time in eight games that Point Park trailed at the half.

Point Park will get right back on the court on Saturday at Asbury (Ky.). Tip off in Wilmore, Ky., is 12 p.m. LISTEN LIVE online at www.MSAsports.net. Also available for download are Game Notes. Asbury (11-6, 1-2 KIAC) plays host to Carlow on Friday at 7 p.m.