No. 22 Point Park beats PSU-Fayette, moves up two spots in NAIA DII Top 25
Dec. 10, 2014 at 7:00 a.m. ET
Carly Corcoran had nine points and was 2 for 3 from 3-point range in the victory. Photo by Michelle Montana.
By Zachary Weiss Point Park Athletic Communications Student Assistant
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. – The NAIA Division II No. 22-ranked Point Park University women’s basketball team won a home contest Tuesday against Penn State Fayette, 71-38, at CCAC-South Gym to run its record to 8-1 overall.
Junior guard Leah Hurst led all scorers with 13 points while making three 3-point shots and grabbing five rebounds off the bench. Point Park (8-1) had only one starter play more than 14 minutes, and it built on its 42-17, halftime lead with a 24-4 run to open the second half.
Both Hurst and freshman center Baylee Buleca, the of which had nine points and seven rebounds, registered their highest point totals while wearing a Point Park uniform.
“It’s always nice to get a win,” Hurst said. “We’re a winning team and we want to keep winning for as long as we possibly can before conference play because we need to keep learning how to win and building on it as the season goes on. Our competition is going to keep getting harder as we go further into the season.”
“I’m still getting adjusted but I feel like each game there is a bit more improvement so I’m looking forward to the rest of the season,” said Buleca.
Also contributing to the win were junior guard/forward Ja’Nia McPhatter (nine points), sophomore guard Carly Corcoran (nine points and four rebounds), senior forward Natasha Moss (eight points and five rebounds), sophomore Kelly Johnson (eight points and five assists) and senior guard/forward Vianka Cotton (six assists and five rebounds).
Penn State Fayette (3-7) was paced by forward Jackie Halapy’s 12 points and eight rebounds.
Point Park made 47.2 percent of its shots in the first half while limiting the Roaring Lions to eight field goals and 24.2 percent from the field, which led to the 25-point lead at the half.
All 12 Pioneers played with everyone seeing at least 12 minutes on the court. Coach Tony Grenek rotated players in and out throughout the game, ensuring fresh legs for Wednesday night’s road contest against West Virginia Tech.
Towards the end of the first half, the NAIA DII Women’s Basketball Poll was revealed and Point Park was ranked 22nd up two spots from last week’s poll.
“It’s obviously a huge honor to be ranked even 24th and just to be bumped up to 22 nationally, especially without Sam (Weir) in the past couple games is huge,” Hurst said. “It means we’re still clicking as a team. We still have a lot to improve on but hopefully we can keep building on that.”
Point Park was listed as receiving votes in the preseason poll. The Pioneers who were picked in the preseason to place first in the KIAC North was also ranked first in the KIAC with receiving votes Asbury in second place.
Up next for the Pioneers is the aforementioned road contest at West Virginia Tech Wednesday with a 6 p.m. scheduled tipoff time. The teams met Nov. 1 with Point Park winning 87-82.
“It’s going to be a hard environment to play in,” said Hurst. “I’ve played there with my last school and I know their fans can get a little rowdy, so this will be a good road test for us.”