Point Park women improve to 9-2, beat Asbury, 63-56, for fifth-straight victory
Dec. 17, 2012 at 11:15 p.m. ET
Katresa Savisky had 12 points and 10 rebounds in Monday's big win over Asbury. Photo by Evan Skowvron.
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- The Point Park University women's basketball team used great execution the last five minutes to beat visiting Asbury (Ky.) University, 63-56, in a Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game at CCAC-South Gym Monday night.
The Pioneers improved to 9-2 overall and 3-1 in the KIAC with their fifth-straight victory. The Pioneers are off to their best start in school history and played some of their best basketball of the season to beat a talented Asbury (11-5, 1-1 KIAC) team.
Point Park put four starters in double figures with sophomore forward Ja'Nia McPhatter posting her fifth-consecutive double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Emily Schartner, a senior guard, added 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks and four 3-pointers.
Junior guard Katresa Savisky added 12 points, 10 rebounds and three assists and scored several key baskets in the final minutes to keep the Pioneers ahead. Junior guard/forward Teresa Davis chipped in 10 points, and final starter April Austin, a senior point guard, did a little bit of everything with six points, seven rebounds, six assists and two blocks.
Point Park was ahead, 32-29, after a very closely contested first half. The Pioneers played some great basketball to work a 46-35 lead with 10:19 remaining. But Asbury made its run, a 13-4 spurt, to make it a two-point game, 50-48, with 5:08 to go.
That's when Point Park buckled down for some sharp execution on offense to maintain the lead the last five minutes. The Pioneers worked the ball around for three layups by Savisky for a 57-50 advantage with 1:53 left.
Later, Point Park was holding on to a 58-52 lead with 1:11 left. With the ball, Point Park worked down almost the entire 30-second shot clock before Austin found Schartner for a big 3-pointer and a 61-52 lead with 43 seconds left. Austin, Point Park's floor leader, was the one who fed Schartner for the key trey, just like she did in setting up Savisky on the basket before.
Austin had to sit out the couple of possesions before the key sequence at the end because she suffered an ankle injury. But she returned the last few plays to get the ball where it needed to be down the stretch.
Point Park ended up shooting 41 percent from the floor although it was only 6 of 22 (27 percent) from long range. Asbury shot 36 percent for the game and suffered through 2-for-10 shooting from long range. The Eagles stayed within 32-29 the first half despite shooting only 29 percent the first 20 minutes.
NAIA All-American candidate Trenia Barbee, a 5-8 guard, scored 22 points on 8 of 22 shooting for Asbury. Annissia Wood was the only other Asbury player in double figures with 11.
Schartner had 11 of her 16 points the first half and hit three 3-pointers in the early going to help Point Park keep pace. The first half had five ties and three lead changes, and the teams were never separated by more than five points the opening frame. Asbury had a 15-10 lead at the 12:48 mark of the first half.
Point Park, which is receiving votes in the NAIA Division II Top 25 Poll, beat Asbury to ensure that it will continue to be the top-ranked team in the KIAC weekly conference rankings for the time being. With 11 wins entering Monday's showdown, Asbury had its eyes on supplanting the Pioneers from that distinction.
Point Park is back in action Tuesday for a KIAC home game versus Midway (Ky.) at 1 p.m. Midway beat Carlow, 60-57, at CCAC-South Monday afternoon. The Eagles (4-10, 2-2 KIAC) were ahead in that game, 47-28, before hanging on for the win.
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