Point Park opens women's basketball season with 68-50 win at West Virginia Tech
Oct. 26, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Teresa Davis led the Pioneers with 18 points and five steals at WVU Tech. Photo by Evan Skowvron.
By Zachary Weiss, Point Park Athletic Communications Student Assistant
MONTGOMERY, W.Va. -- The Point Park University women’s basketball team opened its season Saturday with a 68-50 win over West Virginia Tech. Point Park (1-0) used its defense to help get the win after forcing 34 turnovers and taking 25 more shots than WVU Tech (0-1).
Teresa Davis led Point Park with 18 points and five steals while also getting contributions from Katresa Savisky with 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists and Celina DiPietro with 11 points. Carly Forse chipped in eight points, six rebounds and three steals, and Kayla Kiriau added five points, four rebounds and six assists.
Point Park had trouble offensively in the first half shooting 34 percent. But the defense forced 19 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes allowing the Pioneers to take a 32-18 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the Point Park offense moved faster and provided additional ball pressure defensively that frustrated West Virginia Tech.
Early in the second half, Davis made two key 3-pointers back to back for a 40-22 lead that forced WVU Tech to call timeout. From there, Point Park kept its momentum and tempo while continuing to play aggressive defense to seal the victory.
Point Park led by as many as 27 points on four different occasion of the second half. DiPietro hit a 3-pointer for the first 27-point lead of 58-31 midway through the half, and Forse scored inside for a 64-37 lead with 7:10 left.
Of the 15 Pioneers that dressed, 14 played and 10 scored. Davis made 7 of 15 from the field and 3 of 8 from the foul line. Point Park shot only 22 percent (6 of 27) from long range but had plenty of defense to make up for it.
The Pioneers held WVU Tech to 30.8-percent shooting including 2 for 10 from 3-point range. Point Park 37.7 percent for the game. The Pioneers were 29 for 77 from the field whereas the Golden Bears were 16 for 52.
Point Park next plays Madonna (Mich.) Saturday at 1 p.m. Scheduled as a home for the Pioneers, the game will be played at Penn State-Greater Allegheny. All other home games for Point Park will be at CCAC-South Gym.
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