No. 24 Point Park wins at rival Daemen, 85-72, to improves to 7-1
Dec. 6, 2014
Kelly Johnson had a team-high 20 points in the victory at Daemen. Photo by Chris Squier.
By Zachary Weiss Point Park University Athletics Student Assistant
AMHERST, N.Y. – NAIA Division II No. 24 Point Park University women’s basketball extended its winning streak to three games with an 85-72 victory on the road against former AMC rival Daemen College Saturday.
“We were very sluggish and sloppy today,” coach Tony Grenek said. “We were very fortunate to win, however, in the second half we defended better, and Alexa Xenakis, Natasha Moss and Carly Forse each made some critical shots down the stretch.”
Kelly Johnson scored 20 points to lead the Pioneers (7-1) and also added six rebounds, five assists and five steals. Sophomore forward Carly Forse grabbed her third double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds while junior guard Alexa Xenakis has 13 points and three 3-pointers in 14 minutes off the bench.
An additional bench contribution was made by senior co-captain Natasha Moss who scored eight points and made 2 of 3 3-pointers. In total, 11 Pioneers scored in this contest and they outscored the Daemen, bench 38-17.
Ja’Nia McPhatter had a good, all-around game with seven points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Leading the way for Daemen (0-2) was freshman guard Sarah Saba, who had a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds in her first career start. Additionally, sophomore forward Natalie Galus also had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
In the first half, the Pioneers controlled the tempo for the majority of the time grabbing a 10 point lead on two occasions, the last of which came at 37-27 with 5:59 left before the half.
But that changed less than three minutes later when Daemen went on a 22-5 run to take a seven-point lead, 49-42, with 1:45 remaining in the first half. A basket by Xenakis in addition to a jumper and free throw by freshman Baylee Buleca left Point Park down by two at the half, 49-47.
Daemen still led, 65-61, with 8:56 remaining when Moss hit a 3-pointer that changed the course of the game. That long-range jumper started an 18-6 run, during which Alexa Xenakis made three treys. The run was capped off with a basket by Moss to give Point Park a 79-71 lead with 5:10 remaining.
Point Park’s defense limited Daemen to 27.6 percent shooting from the field in the second half, and following the end of the run, the Pioneers held Daemen to no field goals and just a single free throw for the final 4:07 of the game.
Point Park shot just 32 percent from the field the second half but made 5 of 14 3-pointers the final 20 minutes to make up for it. Daemen held a 52-45 edge in rebounding but also committed 21 turnovers and missed 10 free throws with 13 makes in 23 attempts.
Up next for Point Park is a home game Tuesday against Penn State Fayette at 5:30 p.m. The game will be played at the CCAC South Gym and is the make-up of a game that was postponed earlier in the season.
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