Point Park takes 33-point lead at the half in home rout of Penn State-Beaver
Jan. 22, 2014
Sam Weir had a big game of 25 points, eight rebounds and four blocks on 10 of 13 shooting. Photo by Michelle Montana.
By Zachary Weiss, Point Park Athletic Communications Student Assistant
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. – The Point Park University women’s basketball team used a big first half to defeat Penn State-Beaver, 97-76, Wednesday in a non-conference game at CCAC-South Gym.
Sam Weir scored 25 points on 10 of 13 shooting for Point Park (19-2, 6-2 KIAC). The freshman center from Ellwood City, Pa., also added eight rebounds and four blocks for the Pioneers, who led by 33 points, 59-26, at halftime.
Point Park forced 23 turnovers the first 20 minutes to take complete control from Penn State-Beaver (6-8). The Pioneers had their starters play only five minutes the second half. Point Park ended up forcing 35 turnovers, which set a season-high.
Katresa Savisky and Alexa Xenakis each scored 10 points for the Pioneers while Carly Corcoran made three treys for nine points off the bench. Carly Forse added 11 rebounds to lead the team. Haley Sauer provided an impact off the bench with eight points, nine rebounds and six steals.
“I look for the shooters that we have on the court and I’m more of a passer than a scorer, so I look for people who are open and can put it in the hoop,” Sauer said.
PSU-Beaver was led by Morgan Kurtz, who scored 24 points and had seven rebounds. Teammate Cassandra Flowers added 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Point Park led early, 6-1, after a couple of minutes, and although Penn State-Beaver drew even at 8-8, the Pioneers quickly bumped its lead to double digits thanks to its press defense.
With Point Park leading, 40-24, Penn State-Beaver was called for a technical foul, and Ashley Campbell made both free throws. It was the start of a 19-2 run in the final 5:26 of the first half. Point Park led 59-26 after 20 minutes of play.
Point Park head coach Tony Grenek went with reserves to open the second half and his team was outscored 9-2 as PSU-Beaver went back to its press defense. Grenek was forced to bring his starters back in to bring the lead back up.
When Grenek went to reserves again, Beaver cut the lead to 18. Point Park then got a lay-up from Sauer, a 3-point shot from Celina DiPietro and a jumper from Xenakis to take a 25-point lead, 89-64, with 5:09 to play, which ended any comeback attempt.
Point Park collected 26 assists and shot 38 of 84 from the field for 45 percent. The Pioneers made seven 3-pointers with Corcoran knocking down three and Xenakis two. The Point Park defense tallied 19 steals and nine blocks.
Point Park will next play Saturday at 1 p.m -- a home contest against Asbury -- with first place in the KIAC on the line.