Pioneers give up season-high 83 points in 83-75, KIAC loss at Asbury (Ky.)
Jan. 5, 2012 at 6:50 p.m. ET
Teresa Davis had 15 points for the Pioneers in Saturday's loss at Asbury. Photo by Evan Skowvron.
WILMORE, Ky. -- The Point Park University women's basketball team gave up a season-high 83 points in its 83-75 loss at Asbury (Ky.) University in a KIAC game Saturday afternoon.
Point Park (12-4, 6-3 KIAC) fell behind early as a result of a slow start, and although it caught up for a couple of leads later on, Asbury (13-6, 3-2 KIAC) made a key run in the last five minutes to get the victory.
It was the second loss in as many days for Point Park, which was 12-2, 6-1 KIAC entering the weekend road trip to Kentucky. But the Pioneers will head north at 12-4 overall, 6-3 KIAC, which included a 63-57 loss at Alice Lloyd (9-6, 3-1 KIAC) on Friday.
Point Park sophomore forward Ja'Nia McPhatter had 22 points and senior point guard April Austin added 21 points on 5 of 11 from outside the arc. Teresa Davis totaled 15 points, and Katresa Savisky added 11 points and 13 rebounds as the offensive production was there for the Pioneers.
In the end, it was the defense that let down a usually stingy Point Park team. A slow start on offense didn't help either as the Pioneers found themselves down, 9-2, after a couple of minutes and 30-19 with 7:32 left in the first half.
Although Point Park got the lead down to 38-35 at the half and took a 45-41 lead early in the second half, the Asbury offense was more efficient and got the important baskets when it needed them.
Austin hit from the outside to pull Point Park within 68-66 with 5:23 left. It was at that point that Asbury built itself a 76-68 cushion with 1:47 left as a result of an 8-2 run. While that was happening, Point Park went 0 for 2 from the field and 2 for 6 from the foul line on its five possesions in that stretch.
Point Park did get close at 76-72 on Davis' trey with 1:23 left, but it later missed a layup while trailing 78-74 with under a minute to go. Asbury, which was 22 for 30 from the foul line, put the game away at the stripe.
Asbury shot an efficient 46 percent from the floor and 39 percent (7 for 18) from long range. The 46 percent shooting was the third-highest percentage given up by Point Park this year with only Wilbeforce (W, 88-82) and Daemen (L, 74-60) shooting better on the Pioneers.
Asbury had big games from a pair of players as 5-5 guard Laura Carroll had 28 points and 5-8 guard Trenia Barbee had 22. The 50 combined points scored by those two were the most given up by a duo by Point Park this year.
The Pioneers have made a habit of limiting at least one of the opponent's top scorers, as was the case when Carroll (15.3 ppg) had eight points in the earlier meeting and Barbee (22.7 ppg) had her average of 22. Point Park beat Asbury, 63-56, at home Dec. 17 as the team's have split the season series.
Point Park shot 35 percent from the field but made up ground by making 10 3-pointers (10 for 33). Point Park held a 42-40 edge in rebounds. Point Park made seven turnovers and Asbury eight in what was a pretty even and well-played game.
Point Park will host non-conference Maine-Fort Kent on Wednesday (5:30 p.m.) before going back on the road for a KIAC trip next weekend. The Pioneers visit Berea (Ky.) (Jan. 11) and Midway (Ky.) (Jan. 12) before playing St. Louise College of Pharmacy (Mo.) at neutral site Midway (Ky.) (Jan. 13).
Point Park 5-3 on the road (2-2 KIAC) and is conversely 7-1 at home. This past weekend's road trip began a streth of five road games in six contests, one that concludes next weekend.