Point Park improves to 11-2, wins 7th straight with 63-56 victory over IU Southeast
Dec. 29, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Emily Schartner had 14 points in the win over IU Southeast on Saturday. Photo by Olivia DiYanni.
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- The Point Park University women's basketball team kept things rolling after an 11-day layoff with Saturday's 63-56, KIAC home win over preseason conference favorite IU Southeast at CCAC-South Gym.
Ja'Nia McPhatter, a sophomore forward from New Castle, Pa., posted her seventh double-double in the past eight games with 18 points and 14 rebounds to power the Pioneers to an 11-2 record overall and first place in the KIAC by two games at 5-1 conference.
Senior point guard April Austin, from North Catholic HS, and senior guard Emily Schartner, from Ringgold HS, each put in 14 points to help the Pioneers to their seventh win in a row. IU Southeast, the defending KIAC champ, fell to 7-7 overall and a surprising 0-3 in the KIAC.
Point Park completed a season sweep of IU Southeast, which includes a 74-69 win in 2OT at IU Southeast Nov. 30. Before Saturday, Point Park was off since beating Midway on Dec. 18.
Point Park was ahead early on IU Southeast, 9-3, after 5:15 came off the clock. The Pioneers enjoyed a couple of eight-point leads in the first half, but the Grenadiers kept things close thanks to the play of sophomore guard Heather Wheat. She finished with 27 points and got IU Southeast within 28-24 with 1:12 before the half.
But a 3-pointer by Schartner and a driving layup by Austin followed to give the Pioneers a nine-point lead, 33-24, at the break.
Point Park built on that halftime lead with a 7-0 run to start the second half as the Pioneers led, 40-24, with 18:05 left. The lead stayed in double digits before the Grenadiers got the deficit down to eight points, 51-43, at the 8:54 mark.
But the Pioneers quickly bumped things back up to 14 points as Austin scored twice inside and McPhatter scored on a nice pick and roll from Austin for a 57-43 edge with 5:12 to go.
Point Park was still up by 10 with under two minutes to go, 61-51. The Pioneers missed the front end of three straight one-and-ones to keep hope alive for the Grenadiers at 61-56 with 34 ticks left. But McPhatter snatched the offensive rebound on the third missed front end to clinch the game. Schartner added two free throws to set the final.
Although Wheat got her 27 points, the Grenadiers did not have much scoring elsewhere. Fellow high-scoring guard Ashmere Woods was held to 6 points on 2 of 9 shooting -- 10 below her average -- with Point Park's Teresa Davis primarily shadowing her.
Point Park is back in action Sunday with another key game versus Brescia, which takes a record of 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the KIAC into its game at Carlow Saturday night at 7 p.m. Point Park is two games clear of Brescia for first place in the KIAC, which includes a 77-72 win at Brescia Dec. 1.
Point Park is 18-2 at home since the start of last year and 6-1 at CCAC-South Gym this year. The 11-2 start is the best in program history for the Pioneers, who are under the direction of second-year head coach Tony Grenek.
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