Game Notes: Point Park University Women's Basketball Jan. 31-Feb. 2
Jan. 31, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. ET
Alexa Xenakis and the Pioneers are 20-2 overall and first-place KIAC at 7-2. Photo by Chris Squier.
The Point Park University women's basketball team goes on a three-game KIAC road trip Jan. 31-Feb. 2. Game Notes provided below. Printable Game Notes in PDF format at the link above.
WATCH LIVE: All games this weekend will be broadcast with live streaming video on the Point Park Sports Network. Log on to www.iHigh.com/PointParkSportsNetwork
POINT PARK WOMEN (20-2, 7-2 KIAC)
This Weekend: The Point Park women will play three conference games in less than 48 hours Jan. 31-Feb. 2. The Pioneers visit Cincinnati Christian on Jan. 31 at 5 p.m., visit Midway (Ky.) on Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. and play St. Louis College of Pharmacy at neutral site Midway (Ky.) CollegeFeb. 2 at 11 a.m.
The Pioneers have their third straight 20-win season and are one of five 20-win teams in NAIA Division II. Point Park can set a program record for regular-season wins if it can reach the 23-win mark. Point Park is in the ‘others receiving votes’ section of the NAIA DII Top 25 Poll this week at No. 26 overall and are just two votes shy of tying for 25th. They will look to get back into the rankings with a big showing this weekend and maintain first place in the KIAC in building on its 7-2 conference record.
Last Game: Point Park won at home, 79-78, over Asbury (Ky.) on Jan. 25. Kayla Kiriau had a career-high 23 points on 8 of 10 from the field and 3 of 4 from 3-point range and hit the game-winning free throw with 0.5 seconds left.
Team Notes: The Pioneers are strong on defense and rebounding, and they also have an offense that scores 82.3 ppg. Point Park ranks second in NAIA DII and first in the KIAC in rebounding at 48.8 rpg and leads the conference in scoring defense (68.6 ppg) and field-goal percentage defense (.364). Offensively, the Pioneers are 16th in the country and second in the conference in scoring at 82.3 ppg.
The Pioneers have four starters averaging double figures led by freshman C Sam Weir at 14.8 ppg and 9.9 rpg. G Alexa Xenakis (10.3 ppg), F Carly Forse (10.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg) and G Kayla Kiriau (10.1 ppg) join G/F Katresa Savisky (9.5 ppg) in the starting lineup.
Tony Grenek is in his third year with the Pioneers and has a record of 68-16 (.809). He has led the Pioneers to two straight NAIA Division II national tournaments.
Cincinnati Christian Notes:
The Eagles are in their first year of women’s basketball and have a respectable record of 9-12 overall and 5-5 KIAC. CCU has pulled a couple of recent upsets in KIAC play with home victories over IU Southeast (73-72) and Berea (100-72), both top-five teams in the conference. The Eagles have some strong individual talent but lack depth. Amanda Baute is a 5-10 guard averaging 20.8 ppg and 10.8 rpg to lead four starters in double figures. Beth Moorman is a 5-10 guard averaging 14.0 ppg, and Sydney Mason is a 5-5 guard at 14.0 ppg.
Midway Team Notes: Midway is 6-12 overall and 3-5 KIAC, but it is playing better of late. The Eagles recently beat one of the KIAC favorites, Alice Lloyd, 77-66, and also beat Cincinnati Christian, 87-79, on the road. In its last game, Midway narrowly lost to Asbury, 60-57. G Me’Lisa Martinez leads the team at 15.3 ppg, and F Miranda Rone is next at 10.4 ppg.
St. Louis Coll. of Pharmacy Team Notes: The Eutectics are 2-11, 0-4 KIAC and carry a five-game losing streak into the weekend matchup. St. Louis is last in the KIAC in scoring at 52.3 ppg, and opponents shooting 44 percent from the field. G Emi Santhuff averages at team-high 15.0 ppg.Watch Live: All games this weekend will be broadcast with live streaming video on the Point Park Sports Network. Check www.PointPark.edu/Athletics/WatchLive for broadcast listings.