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Point Park picked tied for first in KIAC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll

Oct. 23, 2013 at 11:30 p.m. ET

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Senior Teresa Davis and the Pioneers are picked tied for first in the KIAC preseason poll. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.

 

By Zachary Weiss, Point Park Athletic Communications Student Assistant

PITTSBURGH, PA—The Point Park University women’s basketball team was picked tied for first along with Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College in the 2013-14 KIAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll revealed by the conference office on Wednesday (Oct. 23).

The Pioneers received five of a possible 10 first-place votes, two more than Alice Lloyd, however, both teams received 84 points in the voting standings. Voting was conducted by the 10 women’s basketball coaches in the KIAC. Indiana Southeast came in third in the poll with 82 points and two first-place votes

Point Park returns eight players from last year’s KIAC regular season and tournament championship team, which was 25-7 overall and 11-4 KIAC. Point Park made the NAIA national tournament for the second year in a row and has three of five starters returning this season.

Returning starters for the Pioneers are junior forward Ja’Nia McPhatter (15.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg), and senior guard/forwards Teresa Davis (10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and Katresa Savisky (8.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg).

Point Park head coach Tony Grenek, in his third year, reflected on the poll.

“It’s nice to be recognized, however it is way too early to be looking at that,” Grenek said. “We’ve got a new team with a lot of new players. We’ve got a long way to go.”

Point Park starts its season Saturday at West Virginia Tech. The Pioneers open their home schedule Nov. 2 against Madonna University. The Pioneers’ first KIAC game will be Dec. 7 at home versus Alice Lloyd (Ky.).

Alice Lloyd (18-11, 10-5 KIAC last year) returns its entire roster, which will be led by senior forward Ariel Nickel. Nickel’s 26 points per game were tops in all of the NAIA Division II while her 12.7 rebounds placed second in the country. Guard Carla Booth enters her junior season after scoring 17.8 points per game last year.

Indiana University Southeast (17-13, 8-7 KIAC) placed third with 82 points and two first-place votes. Point Park beat IU Southeast in the KIAC Tournament semifinals in 2012-13.

Prior to last season, the Grenadiers won the KIAC Tournament four times in a row. They are led by junior guard Heather Wheat, who scored 19.5 points per game last year, good for seventh in NAIA Division II. Wheat scored 45 points in two regular season games against Point Park.

Asbury (23-10, 10-5 KIAC) finished in fourth place in the poll with 67 points. Asbury lost two key pieces to last year’s KIAC Tournament runner-up team with all-conference guards Trenia Barbee and Laura Carroll graduated

Barbee’s 24.4 points per game placed her second in NAIA Division II while Carroll’s 94 percent free-throw shooting took top honors in the nation. Annissia Wood is a key returner for the Eagles. Wood was fifth on last year’s team with 6.1 points per game and averaged 3.5 rebounds a game.

Rounding out the top five is Brescia University (15-15, 7-8 KIAC).  Brescia returns all five of their top scorers from last year’s team including sophomore Julie Whitfill, who had 15.9 points per game. Olivia Moore enters her senior season after leading the team with 7.3 rebounds per game.

2013-14 KIAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll:

Team

Points

1) Point Park University (5)

84

1) Alice Lloyd College (3)

84

3) Indiana University Southeast (2)

82

4) Asbury University

67

5) Brescia University

66

6) Berea College

55

7) Carlow University

42

8) Midway College

37

9) Cincinnati Christian University

21

10) St. Louis College of Pharmacy

12

(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)

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