Point Park women rally for double OT win over Pitt-Johnstown at D&E Classic
Nov. 14, 2014
Carly Forse had 19 points in the Point Park victory.
By Zachary Weiss Point Park Athletic Communications Student Assistant
ELKINS, WV – The Point Park University women’s basketball team rallied to force overtime and eventually won, 110-107, in double overtime Friday night against Pitt-Johnstown at the Davis & Elkins Classic.
Point Park [4-0] is receiving votes in the NAIA Division II Top 25 Poll and has now won 17 consecutive non-conference games.
“We were down 14 points in the middle of the second half, but we battled back,” coach Tony Grenek said. “We made a ton of mistakes but played with great heart. It was a great team victory.”
The win tied coach Grenek with Ed Meena for the all-time lead in career victories for Point Park women's basketball. Meena won 81 games from 1993-2002, and Grenek is 81-19 (.810) in this his fourth season in charge of the Pioneers.
Leading the way for the Pioneers was sophomore guard Kelly Johnson, who had 31 points on 12 of 24 shooting, eight assists and three steals.
Senior guard Kayla Kiriau added 20 points. Sophomore forward Carly Forse had 19 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore center Sam Weir had 16 points.
Senior forward Natasha Moss had a Point Park career high nine points in the victory.
Pitt-Johnston was led by Jasmine Harper who had 29 points and 17 rebounds.
Point Park shot better from the field than Pitt-Johnstown at the half, however it trailed 43-42 despite holding a seven point lead early in the first half. Pitt-Johnstown also had a sizeable advantage possessing a 36-28 lead with 5:44 to play in the first half.
To open the second half, Pitt-Johnstown scored 15 of the first 17 points to take a 58-44 lead with 15:29 left in regulation.
The Pioneers trailed by nine points with 3:02 remaining and went on 10-1 scoring run to end the second half. Kiriau was a key to this run with two baskets and two rebounds. Freshman guard Shaniya Rivers had a key steal that gave Point Park an 87-86 lead but Harper made a free throw to force overtime.
One overtime period was not enough, and the Pioneers entered its first double overtime game since Nov. 30, 2012 – a 74-69 KIAC victory against IU Southeast.
Point Park controlled the majority of the second overtime surrendering the lead for just under 20 seconds. A Forse lay-up with 1:48 remaining gave the Pioneers a lead they would not relinquish. Johnson converted four free throws and Weir made a lay-up to secure the victory.
Up next for Point Park is a game Saturday at 4 p.m. against host Davis & Elkins.
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