Point Park women hang on for another exciting win, 77-72 at Brescia (Ky.)
Posted Dec. 2, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. ET
Teresa Davis had 21 points and hit some late free throws in the victory. Photo by Evan Skowvron.
OWENSBORO, Ky. -- The Point Park University women's basketball team made it a 2-0, weekend road trip with its 77-72 victory at KIAC foe Brescia (Ky.) University on Saturday (Dec. 1).
The Pioneers hung on to win with some late free throws after their 10-point lead was trimmed to a single point with 4:00 to go. A defensive stand by Point Park in the final minutes allowed the free throws to stand up.
Teresa Davis led the Pioneers with 21 points, and she calmly knocked down two free throws for a 75-72 lead with 36 seconds left. Emily Schartner added 18 points, and she knocked down two more free throws with 2.9 seconds left to ice the game, 77-72.
With the victory, Point Park improves to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in the KIAC. It was the second exciting win in as many days for the Pioneers, who won at defending KIAC champion IU Southeast, 74-69, in double overtime Friday night.
Ja'Nia McPhatter totaled 13 points, including a key basket with under four minutes to go to increase Point Park's lead to 73-70. That bucket answered an 11-2 run by Brescia (4-2, 0-1 KIAC) that cut the lead to 71-70 at the four-minute mark. The Pioneers had led, 69-59, with eight minutes left.
Haley Sauer chipped in 12 points to give Point Park four players in double figures.
Clinging to the 73-72 lead, Point Park dodged a bullet when Brescia missed a couple of free throws. With the same score on Brescia's next trip, the Pioneers got a key stop even though Brescia had some extra opportunities with a few offensive rebounds on the same possession.
Davis's free throws came next for the 75-72 edge, and the Pioneers put up another defensive stand on Brescia's final possession.
Point Park will return home after its first-ever KIAC road trip -- one that included a seven-hour bus ride to IU Southeast (New Albany, Ind.) and another two hours and a different time zone to Brescia (Owensboro, Ky.) -- with a good feeling. The important road sweeps comes after the Pioneers dropped a KIAC home game to Alice Lloyd last week.
In the game at Brescia, the score was tied at 45-45 after a high-scoring first half. By comparison, the Pioneers gave up only 50 points in regulation of Friday's win at IU Southeast.
But the Pioneers improved the defense the second half as they held Brescia to only eight points the first eight minutes of the second half. By then, Point Park had scored 20 points for their biggest lead of 65-53 with 12:00 remaining.
Point Park is off until Friday (Dec. 7) when it hosts Mt. Vernon Nazarene. Tip off at CCAC-South Gym is 7 p.m. A Fan Van will be available for Point Park students (Free with Student ID). The Fan Vans leaves the Student Center Lot at 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. with return service after the game.
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