Point Park women pound Madonna (Mich.) in NAIA DII non-conference game
Nov. 7, 2014
Kelly Johnson led all scorers with 27 points in the win at Madonna (Mich.). Photo by Chris Squier.
By Zachary Weiss Point Park Athletic Communications Student Assistant
LIVONIA, Mich. – The Point Park University women’s basketball team won its 15th consecutive regular season, non-conference game with a 74-55 victory at Madonna (Mich.) University Friday night.
The Pioneers improved to 2-0 with the victory, and they are currently among the ‘others receiving votes’ teams in the NAIA Division II Top 25 Poll.
Point Park sophomore point guard Kelly Johnson led all scorers with 27 points and five steals. The Mt. Lebanon High School product and Clarion University transfer had 18 points the first half as the Pioneers built at 39-17 lead after 20 minutes.
Junior guard/forward Ja’Nia McPhatter scored nine points while Sam Weir and Natasha Moss chipped in eight apiece. Leah Hurst, Moss and Weir each had a team-leading seven rebounds in the victory.
“We were fortunate to have a good start tonight,” Point Park head coach Tony Grenek said. “Offensively, we got some easy baskets, which built our confidence. Defensively, our zone created some problems for them, and we rebounded the basketball well.”
The Pioneers opened the game by scoring 12 of the first 14 points. A technical foul call on Madonna came before the opening tip, and McPhatter made both free throws.
Johnson scored five of the Pioneers’ first six baskets -- all on lay-ups -- before Hurst came in off the bench to sink a 3-point shot to give Point Park a 17-5 lead with 14:23 remaining in the first half.
With 8:26 left before halftime, Hurst drained another 3 to extend the Point Park lead to 29-7.
Point Park’s 39-17 lead at halftime included 50-percent shooting from the field. Point Park held advantages in points in the paint (24-8), fast break points (14-2) and bench points (14-2) after 20 minutes. Madonna made just 6 of 30 field goals for 20 percent the first half.
Point Park extended its lead to 30 points, 57-37, with a Moss lay-up after outscoring Madonna, 18-10, the first 7:29 of the second half. The Pioneers still led by 30, 69-39, with 5:49 left before Madonna cut the final margin to 19 with Point Park’s subs in the game.
Point Park had 13 players see playing time, 11 of which scored. The defense forced 17 turnovers and held Madonna (0-1) to 29-percent shooting, including 2 of 23 (13 percent) from long range.
The Pioneers continue their weekend road trip at Concordia [Mich.] Saturday at 1 p.m. Live stats can be found at this link: http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Team/TeamSchedule.aspx?association=10&sg=WBB&conference=NAIWBB2_WHAC&team=148