Point Park tops PSU-Fayette with balanced effort, comes in at No. 21 in Top 25
Jan. 14, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Ashley Campbell had career highs of 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Photo by Evan Skowvron.
By Zachary Weiss, Point Park Athletic Communications Student Assistant
UNIONTOWN, Pa. – The No. 21-ranked Point Park University women’s basketball team scored more than 100 points for the first time since Nov. 27, 2007 defeating Penn State Fayette, 116-69, on Tuesday in a non-conference game.
Ashley Campbell led Point Park (16-1, 5-1 KIAC) with career highs of 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Teresa Davis (13), Katresa Savisky (13), Sam Weir (11), Anna-Maria Boshkova (10), Anna Shaw (10) and Vianka Cotton (10) also scored in double figures for the Pioneers.
In all, Point Park had 12 players score in the game, and the Pioneers’ the bench had 74 points. As a team, Point Park had 30 assists versus three turnovers. All 14 players who dressed got into the game.
“Every time we reach 90 points, for some reason we can’t even buy a basket (after that),” Davis said. “We were so excited when we hit 100 today. Not only that, but everyone contributed, so that was huge.”
Caitlin Wontroba led PSU-Fayette (7-5, 6-0) with 23 points and in the process became a 1,000-point scorer. The loss ends the Roaring Lions’ seven-game winning streak.
Point Park scored the first five points of the game and Kayla Kiriau hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead. The Pioneers got out to a 15-4 lead with Kiriau and Davis combining for 11 of the points.
Head coach Tony Grenek decided to play his bench and this allowed PSU-Fayette to make a small comeback. Grenek then brought his starters back in and the lead was back up to 29-15.
The Point Park bench then got into the act going on a 6-0 run. The unselfishness quickly was put on display as the Pioneers filled the lanes and were able to get quick baskets while forcing turnovers on the other side of the ball. By halftime the lead was 69-34.
Grenek rested his starters for the entire second half and each bench player made their own contribution. Among others, Cotton had nine rebounds to lead the team, Erin Gilmartin had nine points, which are a career high, and Haley Sauer had a team high six assists.
After 3-point play by Cotton, Boshkova got the ball in the post and converted inside to put Point Park over 100 points for the first time in six seasons.
Prior to the game, Point Park found out that it was ranked No. 21 in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll that came out on Tuesday. This is down three spots from last week’s poll. Point Park lost, 65-57, at Berea Friday and defeated Alice Lloyd, 94-83, on Saturday. The Pioneers remain in first place in the KIAC.
The Pioneers will face Wilberforce Wednesday. This is a make-up of a game that was postponed earlier in the season. Tipoff is 6 p.m. at CCAC-South Gym.
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