No. 21 Point Park moves to 10-0 with KIAC home rout of Brescia (Ky.), 91-62
Dec. 14, 2013
Kayla Kiriau had 15 points on 3 of 4 3-pointers in the win over Brescia. Photo by Evan Schall.
By Zachary Weiss, Point Park Athletic Communications Student Assistant
WEST MIFFLIN, PA—The No. 21-ranked Point Park University women’s basketball team remained one of four unbeaten teams in NAIA Division II after a 91-62 victory over KIAC foe Brescia (Ky.) University Saturday at CCAC-South Gym.
Point Park is now 10-0 on the season and 2-0 in the KIAC. Kayla Kiriau had a team-high 15 points to lead 14 Pioneers players who saw action in the victory over Brescia (1-7, 0-1 KIAC).
Alexa Xenakis scored 13 points while Teresa Davis added 12. Sam Weir had eight points and nine rebounds. The Pioneers had 21 assists and forced 23 turnovers.
“Coach’s (Tony Grenek’s) pregame talk sparked us up,” Kiriau said. “He told us to have no fear and have no mercy and we went out there and got the win.”
Brescia opened the game with a 6-5 lead, however, Point Park then went on a 24-4 run over the next eight minutes for a 29-10 advantage. During the run, seven different Pioneers scored, and Kiriau made her first 3-point shot of the season and her first of three in the game.
“Everyone was on their ‘A’ game, I think,” said Kiriau, who also had four assists and four steals. “We’re an unselfish team and know each other’s strengths and weaknesses.”
Point Park took a 43-25 halftime lead after leading by as many as 28 in the first half. The Pioneers shot 51.3 percent from the field and it was the sixth consecutive game scoring at least 40 points in the opening half.
Point Park was up, 60-42, in the second half when it went on a 12-1 run, which included 3-pointers from Kiriau and Davis on consecutive possessions.
The lead surpassed the 30-point mark when Vianka Cotton hit from 3-point range, 79-47, with 6:57 left.
Point Park’s balanced scoring attacked had seven players who scored at least eight points. Katresa Savisky totaled nine points, and Carly Forse had eight points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Haley Sauer added eight points.
Point Park made a season-high nine 3-pointers and was 9 for 28 (32 percent) from long range. Kiriau was 3 of 4 to lead the way. Davis made two treys while Cotton, Savisky, Xenakis and Carly Corcoran made one each.
The Pioneers shot 48 percent and dominated the rebounds, 44-31.
Point Park visits La Roche on Tuesday night in a non-conference match up. La Roche also is undefeated having won its first nine games, including two against KIAC member Carlow. The Pioneers are 3-0 on the road this season.
At 10-0, Point Park is three off the school record for consecutive wins. The Pioneers won a record 13 games in a row during the 2011-12 season.
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