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Point Park schedule includes 19 AMC games and two tournaments

Oct. 1, 2009

PITTSBURGH  -- The Point Park University women's basketball schedule includes 19 American Mideast Conference games, and the Pioneers will also travel to tournaments in Ohio and Florida.


Kosanovich in huddle

The Pioneers open their season Nov. 13-14 at the Bevo Francis Tournament hosted by Rio Grande (Ohio). Over the Christmas break, Point Park visits the Northwood (Fla.) Classic Dec. 29-30 in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Point Park returns four starters from last year's team, which was 11-14 overall and 4-11 in the AMC. The AMC had 16 women's basketball teams last year, but features 14 teams this year. Rio Grande and Ohio Dominican are no longer in the league.

This year, the Pioneers play a home-and-home series versus six AMC teams, and they play seven AMC teams once each for a total of 19 conference games.

"The AMC schedule will be a challenge with 19 conference games," said Pioneers' fourth-year coach Sam Kosanovich. "There are no nights off in the AMC, and it is always a good test. But you have no control over those things because everyone plays the same schedule.

"We have a good non-conference schedule and a couple of good tournaments. The Bevo Francis Tournament has been a strong event for a long time, and the Northwood (Fla.) Classic is hosted by a tough NAIA team. The trip to Florida will help to keep us sharp over the break and get ready for the rest of the conference schedule."

The Pioneers open the season Nov. 13 versus Bluefield (Va.) in the first round of the Bevo Francis Tournament. The second round will be held Nov. 14.

Point Park's pre-conference schedule includes a home-and-home with Penn State-Fayette and also a road game at Geneva. The Pioneers begin AMC play by welcoming Wilberforce on Dec. 1.

The Pioneers play four AMC games before the semester break. Before the New Year, Point Park plays host to Rio Grande in a non-conference game Dec. 19 and travels to the Northwood (Fla.) Classic Dec. 29-30. Point Park plays NAIA opponents Indiana Wesleyan and Northwood on its Florida trip.

Northwood beat Point Park, 51-43, in a game last year at CCAC South Gymnasium.

Point Park has 10 AMC home games and nine conference games on the road. Point Park plays once at home and once on the road versus AMC opponents Roberts Wesleyan, Notre Dame (Ohio), Malone, Houghton, Daemen and Carlow.

The Pioneers face the following AMC teams once each: Wilberforce, Shawnee State, Northwestern Ohio, Walsh, Ursuline, Cedarville and Mt. Vernon Nazarene. Point Park plays home games versus Wilberforce, Walsh, Ursuline and Cedarville.

The AMC women's basketball standings will not be divided into North and South divisions as will be done in AMC men's basketball this year. Last year was the first time in six seasons that AMC was not divided into divisions for women's basketball, and that format will be kept this season. Prior to last year, the last time the AMC was all in one division was 2001-02.

The AMC will receive two automatic bids to the NAIA Division II tournament. The first automatic bid will go to the regular season champion, and the second will go to the AMC tournament champion. The AMC tournament will consist of teams that finish in the top seven places in the league standings.

If the regular season champion reaches the championship game of the AMC tournament, then its opponent in the title game will automatically receive the conference's second NAIA bid.