Point Park women give up big lead in 49-48 home loss to Berea (Ky.)
Feb. 9, 2013 at 11:30 p.m. ET
Emily Schartner led Point Park with 13 points and 9 rebounds in the loss to Berea. Photo by Evan Skowvron.
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- Point Park University held a 16-point lead, 40-24, with 9:00 left but lost to Berea (Ky.) College, 49-48, in a KIAC women's basketball game Saturday afternoon at CCAC-South.
Berea's DeAnn Ryan, a 5-5 freshman from Pittsburgh, Pa., and Quaker Valley High School, scored a layup with seven seconds left to give the Mountaineers (10-15, 6-6 KIAC) the eventual game-winning points.
April Austin, who hit a buzzer-beat to beat Daemen last week, missed a 3-pointer at the top of the key as time expired to end the chances for the Pioneers (19-5, 10-4 KIAC).
It was a rare home loss for Point Park, which is 23-3 at CCAC-South Gym since the start of last year. The loss also ended a seven-game win streak for the Pioneers, who had been 15-2 since Nov. 30.
Point Park seemed in control with its 40-24 lead on Katresa Savisky's free throws with 9:00 to go. But Berea put together a 23-2 run for a 47-42 lead with 35 seconds left. Maeve Gallagher's layup accounted for the Pioneers only points in that stretch.
Even after blowing the big lead, Point Park had some heroics that made it seem as though it would pull out the win. Emily Schartner made a 3-pointer to tie it at 47-47 with 15.5 seconds left, and she was fouled on the play. The senior from Finleyville, Pa., who led the Pioneers with 13 points and nine rebounds, made the free throw for a 48-47 edge.
Needing to go the length of the floor down one with 15.5 seconds left, Berea sprung Ryan free around mid court, and she dribbled in for the go-ahead layup with her left hand.
Point Park inbounded and got a timeout called near mid court with 2.9 seconds left. The pass went to Austin, who took a couple of dribbles before releasing an off-the-mark leaner from straight away. But the shot went off the side of the rim.
Point Park led, 22-17, at halftime. The Pioneers shot just 26 percent (9 of 35) the first half and started out 2 of 17 from the field to go down, 10-5, at the 11:28 mark. Berea didn't do much better making only 25-percent (6 of 24) in the first half.
Point Park found its offensive game the second half to build the double-digit lead. Schartner made a 9-0 run all by herself for a 35-21 advantage with 11:36 remaining. Austin fed Schartner for two layups before Schartner hit a trey and made a transition layup following a steal.
Point Park shot 27 percent (17 of 62) from the field and only 5 of 27 (18.5 percent) from the outside. Berea shot 41 percent the second half to get its final mark to 32.6 percent from the field. Berea had 24 turnovers, which was only four more than Point Park.
The Pioneers will get right back into action Sunday at Penn State-Greater Alleghey (4 p.m.). The final week of the regular season includes games at Salem International on Tuesday, at Carlow on Friday and at WVU Tech on Saturday.
Point Park could have won the KIAC Regular Season Title with a win over Berea on Saturday and a win at Carlow on Friday. But the loss to Berea brings second-place Asbury (Ky.) (8-4 KIAC) back into the mix for the conference title and the No. 1 seed in the KIAC Tournament that goes with it.
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