Point Park drops KIAC home game to Berea for 2nd loss of the season
Jan. 18, 2014 at 11:55 p.m. ET
Freshman Carly Forse cuts through the Berea defense on her way to a career-high 26 points. Photo by Evan Schall.
By Zachary Weiss, Point Park Athletic Communications Student Assistant
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. – Revenge was on the minds of the No. 21 Point Park University women’s basketball team, however KIAC foe Berea outscored the Pioneers by 11 in the second half to win 92-86 Saturday at CCAC-South Gym.
Berea’s DeAnn Ryan, who attended Quaker Valley High School in Pittsburgh, led all scorers with 27 points off the bench and made 7 of 10 3-pointers to lead her team back from a 47-42 deficit at halftime. Berea (8-6, 4-2 KIAC) also got 26 points and four 3-pointers from Erika Parks.
Carly Forse led Point Park (17-2, 5-2 KIAC) with a career-high 26 points and added eight rebounds. She had 15 points the first half as Point Park had control with 18 forced turnovers the first 20 minutes.
Sam Weir added 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Pioneers, and Alexa Xenakis and Katresa Savisky put up 14 and 13 points, respectively.
With Saturday’s result, both of Point Park’s losses this year have come to Berea. The Pioneers lost at Berea, 65-57, on Jan. 10 to end a season-opening, 14-game win streak that set a school record for consecutive wins.
Berea won despite turning the ball over 25 times. But the Mountaineers had only seven turnovers the second half. Berea outscored Point Park, 50-39, the second half and got the win with 11 total 3-pointers made on the day, a 41-11 edge in bench points and a 48-38 lead in rebounds that were keys to the game.
“It’s pretty depressing that they’ve beaten us twice, I thought for sure that we had this one,” Point park guard Celina DiPietro said.
Down 6-4 in the early going, the Pioneers went on a 9-2 run in just over two minutes for a 13-8 lead at the 14:06 mark of the first half. The run started with a 3-pointer by Xenakis and ended with a layup by Savisky.
Point Park led for the bulk of the first half, however, Berea outshot the Pioneers from the field 54 percent to 41 percent. This was due in large part to Ryan and Parks, who combined drained seven treys the first 20 minutes. Their output in the first half was two more 3-pointers than what Point Park made for the entire game, which was five.
Point Park led by nine on two occasions in the first half, 26-17 and 29-20, thanks an inside basket by Forse and a 3-pointer from Carly Corcoran. But on both occasions, Ryan had the answer with the trey of her own at the other end.
Berea cut the lead to two points twice and a single point once, however in the final minute of the half, the Pioneers outscored the Mountaineers, 4-0, to take a 47-42 lead.
Point Park led in the early stages of the second half, however Parks and Ryan would not allow the Pioneers to pull away with the victory, cutting the deficit to one once again. With 15:22 left, Anna Loveless made a layup to give Berea a 57-56 lead.
Both teams would battle back and forth, shot for shot, but less than three minutes later, Melena Steve made a jumper that gave Berea a 63-61 lead with 12:28 to go. Berea never trailed for the remainder of the game.
Ryan continued to provide a spark off the bench making a 3-point shot that brought the lead to seven points, 79-72, at the 6:05 mark.
But Point Park responded when Kayla Kiriau made a bucket and was fouled, ultimately resulting in a 3-point play, to cut the Mountaineers lead to 80-77 with 3:55 to play.
Berea, noticing Point Park’s comeback, slowed the pace down and as a result would put the lead back up to seven points, 84-77, with only 2:13 remaining.
The Pioneers cut the lead to three points on two occassions, with the second one coming with 35 seconds to play. Holding an 86-83 lead, Berea turned the ball over, leaving the door open for Point Park.
But Weir missed a layup, and despite contact, no foul was called. Berea got the rebound and made four straight free throws to put the game out of reach. Xenakis did hit a 3-pointer to pull Point Park within 90-86 with four seconds left, but it was too late.
For the first time since Jan. 7, 2009, Point Park gave up more than 90 points in a game. That was a 92-57 loss at Shawnee State and was the second of back to back road games.
The Pioneers did welcome back a key cog to their offense as DiPietro came back and played 14 minutes. DiPietro suffered an injury in the team’s first meeting with Wilberforce and participated in warm-ups in the teams two previous games this week. For the first eight games of the season, DiPietro was a member of the Point Park starting lineup before an injury took her out of action.
“It feels really good to be back,” DiPietro said. “Everyone has been really supportive and it means a lot to me.”
Point Park shot 39 percent versus Berea, while the Mountaineers shot 52 percent
Point Park will play next Tuesday against Carlow with the opening tip coming at 8 p.m.