Point Park women's basketball 2013-14 schedule released featuring 30 games
Oct. 21, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Senior Katresa Savisky and the Pioneers have 30 games beginning Oct. 26 at WVU Tech. Photo by Evan Skowvron.
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University women's basketball 2013-14 schedule has been released with the Pioneers playing 30 games. The season opener is Oct. 26 at West Virginia Tech.
The Pioneers get their season going earlier than in past years, and the 30-game schedule has the most regular-season games for Point Park since it had 32 in 1996-97.
The heart of Point Park's schedule will be 17 games in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and the Pioneers will look to defend their KIAC Tournament title won last year with a record of 25-7 overall and 11-4 KIAC. This will be Point Park's second year in the KIAC.
Point Park has 16 home games, 13 road games and one game on a neutral court. The Pioneers will be home for a majority of the early part of their schedule with eight of their first 11 games at home. Point Park will once again be playing its home games at CCAC-South Gym in West Mifflin, Pa.
"Our schedule is very competitive, and we are beginning very early this year compared to years past," said third-year Point Park coach Tony Grenek. "We also have a full slate of 30 games with the likes of strong out-of-conference foes such as Madonna (Mich.), Mount Vernon Nazarene, a much-improved Wilberforce team and our old rival Daemem, which always makes for a great game. We have a lot of new players who will be battle-tested by the time KIAC conference games begin, which is a great thing."
Point Park's 13 non-conference games are highlighted by seven games versus NAIA competition. Point Park's home opener Nov. 2 is versus Madonna (Mich.), which was 20-11 last year as a semifinalist in the WHAC. Point Park also has a home-and-home series scheduled with NAIA, non-conference opponents West Virginia Tech, Mt. Vernon Nazarene and Wilberforce.
The non-conference schedule also has a meeting with former American Mideast Conference rival Daemen, which is now NCAA Division II. The Pioneers welcome the Wildcats Nov. 16 (2 p.m.).
Another marquee, non-conference game will be with La Roche, an NCAA Division III national tournament team at 23-4 last year. Point Park visits the Redhawks Dec. 17 (7 p.m.).
The KIAC has 10 teams this year with the longtime member Cincinnati Christian having women's basketball for the first time. Point Park will play a home-and-home series with eight of the KIAC teams and plays St. Louis College of Pharmacy only once, on a neutral court at Midway (Ky.).
The 17 KIAC games begin Dec. 7 at home versus Alice Lloyd (Ky.). The only other KIAC game for the Pioneers before the end of the calendar year is Dec. 14 at home versus Brescia (Ky.).
Point Park has three of five starters returning from last year's team, which won the KIAC regular season and tournament titles on its way to its second straight trip to the NAIA national tournament. Point Park, which is 48-14 (.667) the last two seasons, will try to make it three trips to nationals in a row if it can navigate another challenging KIAC slate.
Asbury (Ky.) University (23-10 in 2012-13) made it to the finals of the KIAC Tournament last year before losing to Point Park, but the Eagles lost two all-conference guards. Other potential top teams in the KIAC figure to be Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College (18-11), which has two all-conference players returning, and IU Southeast (17-13), which was the four-time defending KIAC champion before Point Park won last year.
Point Park, Asbury (Ky.), Alice Lloyd (Ky.) and IU Southeast were in the KIAC Tournament final four last year. This year's KIAC Tournament semifinals and finals will be hosted by Alice Lloyd (Ky.) Feb. 28 and March 1. The top eight of 10 KIAC teams make the KIAC Tournament, with the top four seeds hosting quarterfinal games Feb. 25.