Point Park hangs on for 52-50 win over MVNU without a FG the last 10:22
Dec. 7, 2012 at 11:00 p.m. ET
Ja'Nia McPhatter had 11 points and 16 rebounds in Point Park's victory. Photo by Evan Skowvron.
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- Teresa Davis sank two free throws with five seconds left to give Point Park University a 52-50 win over visiting Mt. Vernon Nazarene University in a non-conference women's basketball game on Friday night at CCAC-South Gym.
Davis had 22 points and made 4 of 11 treys to lift Point Park to 7-2 overall even though the Pioneers didn't make a field goal the last 10:22. Ja'Nia McPhatter registered her fourth straight double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds, but no other Point Park player had more than five points.
Emily Schartner made a jumper with 10:22 left to put Point Park ahead, 45-38. The Pioneers had seven points the rest of the way -- all on free throws -- even though they shot a very poor 13-for-26 (50 percent) from the foul line overall.
Amy Daniels led Mt. Vernon Nazarene (2-8) with 13 points, including a put back of a missed free throw to tie the score at 48-48 with 1:29 left. On the next possession for the Cougars, Daniels gave MVNU its first lead of the game, 50-49, by making two foul shots with 55 seconds left.
McPhatter then made 1 of 2 at the free-throw line to pull the Pioneers even at 50-50. The 5-9 forward from New Castle, Pa., followed that up with a big steal to give Point Park possession with 27 left.
Point Park worked the clock down under 10 seconds before Davis got free for a wide-open, point-blank layup under the basket. She was fouled to prevent the easy hoop, but converted at the line for the lead.
Needing to go the length of the floor in five seconds, MVNU got a look at a tying shot, but Melissa Eickholt's foul-line jumper was no good at the buzzer.
Both teams struggled from the floor with Point Park shooting 24.6 percent (16 for 65) and MVNU shooting 28.8 percent (19 for 66). Point Park set season lows for points (52), field goals (16), field goal percent and 3-point field goal percentage (28.0 percent). The Pioneers hit 7 of 25 from long range.
Point Park used a 14-0 run to go up by 10 points, 26-16, with 6:42 left in the first half. But Mt. Vernon Nazarene got within 29-26 at the half.
Davis, a 5-6 guard/forward from Vermilion, Ohio, caught fire early in the second half as she scored the Pioneers first 10 points for a 39-30 lead at the 16:08 mark. Davis hit two treys, made a layup and converted two free throws as part of the 10-4 run of her own.
Schartner hit a couple of jumpers to keep the Pioneers ahead by a couple of possessions. But that's when the Pioneers went cold. They made only 5 of 31 (16 percent) of their second-half field goals. Luckily, MVNU made only 8 of 33 the last 20 minutes for 24 percent.
At 7-2, Point Park has made its way through a key part of its schedule with a strong record. In their next game, the Pioneers will get back senior point guard April Austin, who had to sit out the first semester since she had only one semester of eligibility left at the start of the season. When she transferred from NCAA DI Dayton in 2009, the NAIA Honorable Mention All-American had a total of 3.5 years of eligibility remaining.
Austin will return to the Point Park lineup at Penn State-Fayette Dec. 15.
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