Point Park women tie school record for regular-season wins with victory at Salem Int'l
Feb. 12, 2013 at 8:50 p.m. ET
Ja'Nia McPhatter had 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists and five steals in Tuesday's win. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
SALEM, W.Va. -- Point Park University tied its women's basketball team record for wins in the regular season with Tuesday's non-conference victory at Salem International, 78-56.
Point Park (21-5, 10-4 KIAC) had four starters in double figures and made two big runs in the second half to tie last year's mark of 21 wins in the regular season. The Pioneers ended up 23-7 last season for the most-ever wins in program history, but they still have two more regular-season games left this year.
Point Park will go for win number 22 at Carlow on Friday night for a KIAC game at Oakland Catholic High School. Admission is free, and tipoff is 7:30 p.m. The Point Park student station WPPJ will have live, internet radio at MSAsports.net.
The Point Park starters filled up the stat sheet in the win at Salem International (4-19), and the starting five scored all put four points for the Pioneers. Sophomore forward Ja'Nia McPhatter, from New Castle, Pa., led the way with 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists and five steals. The Pioneers' defense was very active with 15 steals and 21 forced turnovers.
Teresa Davis, a junior guard/forward, totaled 18 points, three assists and three steals. Point guard April Austin tallied 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Guard Emily Schartner put up 12 points, four rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals. And guard/forward Katresa Savisky added nine points, five rebounds and three assists. Sub Maeve Gallagher tied McPhatter for the team lead with seven rebounds and also dished out a couple of assists.
Point Park was ahead, 36-32, at the break and then started the second half on a 15-4 run. That gave the Pioneers a 51-36 lead with 16:42 left. Although Point Park went the the next five minutes without scoring, it was still up 51-44. But then the Pioneers got their offense back together to end the game on a 27-12 run the final 11:00.
The Pioneers held an early lead of 13-6 and was later up, 29-20, before the Tigers got within four at the break. Both teams shot 41 percent, and Point Park held a 39-37 lead in rebounds. Point Park won the turnover battle, 21-11.
Point Park finishes up its KIAC schedule Friday at Carlow (7:30 p.m.) and is currently in first place in the KIAC standings by a half game over Asbury (Ky.) (9-4 KIAC). Asbury has two KIAC games left and is battling Point Park for the regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.
Point Park's final regular-season game is Saturday at WVU Tech (2 p.m.). The Pioneers will next play after that Feb. 23 in a KIAC quarterfinal playoff game at home with a tipoff at 2 p.m.
Point Park is receiving votes nationally in the NAIA Division II Top 25 Poll although it dropped down three spots to No. 32 overall in the rankings released Tuesday (Feb. 12). To view the entire NAIA DII Top 25 Poll from this week, click this link: NAIA DII TOP 25 POLL (Feb. 12)