Point Park women overcome slow start to win home opener, 70-42, over Salem Int'l
Nov. 8, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Katresa Savisky and the Pioneers were 23 of 33 from the foul line in Thursday's win.
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- Behind Teresa Davis' 22 points and 11 rebounds, Point Park University overcame a slow start for a 70-42 victory over Salem International in its women's basketball home opener at CCAC-South Gym on Thursday night.
The Pioneers (2-0) needed more than 12 minutes of play to crack double digits in points but still had a slim lead of 10-8 with 7:59 left in the first half.
That's when Davis, a 5-6 guard/forward from Vermilion, Ohio, led a late-first half charge that allowed the Pioneers to take control for a 29-17 lead at the break. The momentum carried over out of the halftime locker room as Point Park buried Salem International (0-1) with a 40-19 lead the first four minutes of the second half.
Senior guard Emily Schartner totaled 15 points and nine rebounds on the strength of going 13 of 14 from the foul line. Junior forward Katresa Savisky put in 12 points to give the Pioneers three players in double figures.
But it was Davis, who was 8 of 10 from the field, who got things going when the Pioneers were struggling to 28-percent (10 of 35) shooting the first half. Point Park also had 17 of its 29 turnovers the first 20 minutes as it lacked rhythm offensively. Davis hit a baseline jumper as the first half expired to cap a 16-4 going into the locker room.
Midway through the second half, Point Park built a 53-20 lead on Brittany Dunmire's fast-break layup. Later, Davis hit a pair of 3-pointers to put the Pioneers ahead, 60-36 and later 68-41.
The Point Park defense made things tough for Salem International all night in forcing the Tigers into 25-percent shooting (16 of 24) for the game. The Pioneers also got it done on the glass with a 52-44 edge in rebounds. In addition to Davis with 11 boards and Schartner with 9, Ja'Nia McPhatter also pulled down nine rebounds.
Salem International did not have anyone score more than the eight points totaled by Monique Hall.
Point Park continues non-conference action with a Saturday trip to Daemen (3 p.m.). It is a re-match of last year's AMC Tournament Championship game won by Point Park, 60-48, to qualify for the NAIA Division II national tournament. Daemen also comes to Point Park Feb. 1.
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