Editor's Note: This is the third of a three-part series featuring the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2014 inductees, who will be enshrined at the Induction Ceremony Sept. 27, 2014. For the complete list of honorees, click here.
BETH WERTZ-BRUBACH -- Women's Basketball & Softball, 1983-87
Beth Wertz-Brubach was a standout, two-sport athlete at Point Park who starred in women's basketball and softball from 1983-87. Wertz was a top player for Point Park women's basketball in what was arguably one of the best eras in program history. She was also a starter for a Pioneers softball program was in its early years of existence in the early-to-mid 1980s.
Wertz, whose married named is Beth Brubach, was a part of three NAIA District 18 playoff-qualifying teams with Point Park women's basketball. A product of Seton-LaSalle High School, where she won a WPIAL Class-AA title in 1983, Wertz-Brubach was a part of Point Park's NAIA District 18 championship team in 1983-84.
A 5-6 guard/forward, Wertz amassed 974 career points, 549 career rebounds and 387 assists for the Pioneers. Although she finished just under the 1,000-career points milestone, she had a career double-digit scoring average of 11.1 ppg. An all-around, strong player, Wertz also averaged 6.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.
Wertz-Brubach's most prominent place in the Point Park record book has her ranking third all-time in career assists with 387. Her 974 points rank 13th in program annals, and her 549 rebounds are 16th. Although there were other players who amassed more points and rebounds, Wertz-Brubach's greatest strength was as all-around player.
That fact is best signified by Wertz-Brubach being one of only two players in Point Park women's basketball history with more than 900 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. The only other is teammate Joyce Phillips a 5-5 guard , who amassed 1,517 points, 781 rebounds and 333 assists from 1983-87 and is a top candidate for the Hall of Fame in the future.
Wertz-Brubach's best year came in 1984-85 when she led the Pioneers to the NAIA Distrcit 18 playoffs with 14.1 ppg and 9.1 rpg and a career-high 353 points. That earned her NAIA District 18 all-star honors. She also had a strong year of 11.2 ppg in 1985-86 as the Pioneers reached the NAIA District 18 playoffs once again.
In softball, she was an NAIA District 18 first-team all-star as a four-year starter. She played catcher and outfield for a Pioneers' softball program that had just been started in 1982. She was a team leader for the Pioneers as a four-year player.
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