#1 seed Point Park tops #8 Carlow, moves on to KIAC Tournament semifinals
Feb. 23, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. ET
April Austin and the Pioneers are moving on to the KIAC Tournament semifinals. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
Next Game: #1 Point Park vs. #5 IU Southeast, Feb. 25 (8 p.m. ET) at New Albany, Ind. WATCH LIVE
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- #1 seed Point Park came out on top over #8 seed Carlow, 54-44, in a KIAC Women's Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal game Saturday at CCAC-South Gym.
Point Park (23-6, 11-4 KIAC) got its offensive game going just enough to create some separation in the second half and beat Carlow (14-15, 5-10 KIAC) in what was a rugged game offensively for both teams. Each team shot 25 percent for the game although the scoring did pick up a little after the Pioneers worked a 20-17 lead at halftime.
The teams could not have been colder the first 20 minutes -- both teams shot 20 percent from field the first half -- Point Park 7 for 35 and Carlow 6 for 29. Point Park was 1 for 17 from long range, and Carlow 0 for 9 from deep before the half.
Point Park continued to struggle from long range the second half and ended up shooting 2 for 23 (8 percent) from there, but it made up for it the final 20 minutes at the free-throw line and by working it around for some shots in close.
In the end, it was Point Park who had enough offense to win as Ja'Nia McPhatter led the way with 14 points and nine rebounds. Emily Schartner added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and point guard April Austin did a little bit of everything with 10 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, four steals and two blocks.
Point Park made 20 of 28 free throws compared to 11 for 17 from the line for Carlow. The Pioneers drained 15 of 21 charity shots (71 percent) the second half.
Chanel Berry had a team-high 14 points for Carlow, which was 3 for 19 (15 percent) from outside the arc. The Celtics had 12 of their 17 turnovers the first half and were out-rebounded by Point Park, 49-46, for the game.
Point Park built on its three-point halftime lead to go ahead, 29-22, with 15:01 left. The Pioneers were ahead by as many as 14 points, 42-28, with 6:13 left on Austin's jumper.
Carlow came stroming back with a 14-4 run to cut it to 46-42 at the 2:26 mark. Then Katresa Savisky came up with a big basket -- a one-hander in the lane -- to pad the Point Park lead to 48-42. That was the last field goal for the Pioneers, who held off Carlow with free throws the last two minutes.
At 23-6, Point Park tied the school record for wins in a season set last year with a final record of 23-7. The Pioneers move on to the KIAC Tournament semifinals, where they will meet #5 seed IU Southeast, a 55-52 road winner at #4 seed Berea (Ky.) in the quarterfinals Saturday. IU Southeast is the host for the KIAC semifinals and finals Feb. 25-26.
Point Park will play IU Southeast Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. in New Albany, Ind. The KIAC Tournament championship game is Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. at the same venue.
WATCH LIVE the KIAC Tournament semifinals on host IU Southeast's iHigh.com site, iHigh.com/IUSathletics. The host IUS athletic department will broadcast live all six games of the men's and women's semifinals and finals.
The KIAC champion receives the league's automatic bid to the NAIA Division II national tournament March 6-12 at Sioux City, Iowa. Short of a conference championship, Point Park, which is receiving votes in the national rankings, would be leaving itself up to a possible at-large bid to nationals.
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Note: With her 10 points and seven assists on Saturday, April Austin moved into 8th place on Point Park's all-time scoring chart with 1,219. She passed Ashley Henderson (1,209). Austin also moved into 2nd place on the school's all-time list for assists with 388. She passed Beth Wertz (387). The record is held by Alisa Favero (416).