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Women's Basketball Recap

No. 21 Point Park (14-0) sets team record with 14th consecutive victory

Jan. 5, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. ET

Junior guard Haley Sauer had 12 points off the bench on 5 of 6 field goals at Brescia (Ky.). Photo by Evan Schall.



By Zachary Weiss, Point Park Athletic Communications Student Assistant

OWENSBORO, Ky.  --The No. 21 Point Park University women's basketball team won, 78-66, at Brescia (Ky.) University in a KIAC game on Sunday to extend its winning streak to a program-best 14 consecutive games. The Pioneers (14-0, 4-0 KIAC) beat the previous school record of 13 straight wins set in the 2011-12 season.

Freshman center Sam Weir led five Point Park players in double figures with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Haley Sauer (12 points), Kayla Kiriau (11), Teresa Davis (11) and Carly Forse (10 points, 10 rebounds) also reached double digits. Katresa Savisky had 8 points and 9 rebounds.

Weir, from Ellwood City, Pa., and Riverside High School, notched her ninth double-double in 14 games. She had 12 points and five rebounds by halftime as the Pioneers led Brescia, 38-25, at the break.

Playing its second KIAC road game in less than 24 hours, the Pioneers utilized a lot of their bench versus Brescia (2-13, 0-4 KIAC). Point Park had nine players play at least 12 minutes on Sunday, which followed a 79-77, overtime win at Indiana Southeast on Saturday.

Julie Whitfill led Brescia with 24 points while Olivia Moore had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. The Bearcats had just four players score, another of which was Evelyn Turner with 15 points.

The Pioneers controlled the pace of the first half and led, 38-25, at the break. The Bearcats had two players with three fouls and another two with two fouls. Point Park shot 45.2 percent from the field in the first half while Brescia shot 28.6 percent.

Brescia went on a run to open the second half cutting the Pioneers lead to six, 48-42, with 12:04 remaining. Bench play would prove to be a key for Point Park as it scored 28 points to Brescia's zero. Leading the bench effort were Davis, who had three 3-pointers in the second half, and Sauer, who provided a balanced two halves on both sides of the ball and made 5 of 6 field goals on the day.

Rebounding also was a big factor as the Pioneers enjoyed a 51-29 advantage. Weir (10), Forse (10) and Savisky (9) equaled the Bearcats’ total of 29.

Despite all of these factors, Brescia remained in the game but could never cut the deficit to less than six points, 68-62.

With 1:55 left, Alexa Xenakis shot through a foul and converted a jumper. Then 50 seconds later, Sauer made a quick layup to give the Pioneers a 73-63 lead and put the game out of reach.

Point Park remains one of three undefeated team in NAIA Division II. The next Top 25 will be released Tuesday after 5 p.m. The current ranking of No. 21 is the tied for the highest the Pioneers have ever been rated.

Up next for Point Park is a KIAC road trip to play at Berea (Ky.) Jan. 10 at 5:30 p.m. and at KIAC preseason co-favorite Alice Lloyd (Ky.) on Jan. 11 at 2 p.m.

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