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Women's Basketball Recap

Point Park improves to 6-0 with home win over Penn State-Fayette, 92-66

Nov. 19, 2013

Freshman Carly Forse totaled 10 points and eight rebounds in Tuesday's win. Photo by Evan Schall.



By Zachary Weiss, Point Park Athletic Communications Student Assistant

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- The Point Park University women’s basketball team extended its historic start to 6-0 after a 92-66 home win against Penn State-Fayette on Tuesday. Point Park has never been undefeated this long to start a season.

A total of 15 players dressed for Point Park (6-0), and 13 of them scored. Leading the way was reigning KIAC Player of the Week Samantha Weir, who had 16 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and six steals. Kayla Kiriau added 12 points, four rebounds and four steals while Carly Forse scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Point Park jumped out to a 10-3 lead early on before PSU-Fayette [0-3] came back on a 10-2 run to takes its only lead of the game, 13-12, with 14:31 to play in the first half.

The Pioneers would then go on a 12-0 run in the next 2:57 to open up an 11 point advantage of 24-12.

Point Park regularly substituted players in and out, and two free throws by Lauren Mrazik bumped the lead above 20 points. The lead grew to 56-31 at halftime.  The Pioneers shot 47.6 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes.

The free-throw line was a huge key for Point Park, which went 14-15 in the first half and shot 87.5 percent for the game. The Pioneers made 21 of 24 free throws on the night, which improve on the 58-percent foul shooting the Pioneers had going into Tuesday’s game.

In the second half, the Point Park lead stretched as high as 38 points after a Weir lay-up, however Penn State Fayette capitalized on a rotation of substitutes to cut the lead.

By game’s end, the Point Park bench scored 42 points led by Anna-Maria Boshkova and Ashley Campbell with eight points each.

“That’s a great job by the coaching staff,” Boshkova said. “They’re trying to play everybody, and that’s good that we have the bench to do that.”

Point Park will next play Saturday at home against West Virginia Tech. The game will start at 2 p.m. The teams met earlier this season with the Pioneers winning 68-50 on Oct. 26.

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