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Point Park women move up three spots to No. 21 in NAIA DII Top 25 Poll

Dec. 10, 2013 at 10:45 p.m. ET

Point guard Kayla Kiriau and the Pioneers are No. 21 in the NAIA DII Top 25 this week. Photo by Evan Schall.



By Zachary Weiss, Point Park Athletic Communications Student Assistant

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – For the second consecutive week, Point Park University made the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball  Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The poll released  Tuesday (Dec 10), has the Pioneers ranked No. 21 with a record of 9-0 overall and 1-0 KIAC.

Point Park, which is one of four remaining unbeaten teams in NAIA Division II, moved up three spots from last week when it was ranked No. 24. This week's ranking of No. 21 ties for the highest in program history. The Pioneers were also No. 21 entering the NAIA DII national tournament in 2011-12.

“It’s nice to move up in the rankings, but we still are working to improve as a basketball team,” head coach Tony Grenek said. “We need to just take each game one at a time and do the best we can to try to win that particular game. It doesn’t matter where you are ranked on Dec. 10.”

Point Park joins new No. 1 St. Francis (Ind.) (12-0), No. 2 Northwestern (Iowa) (12-0) and No. 12 Oregon Tech (12-0) as the only undefeated teams in the country. St. Francis assumed the No. 1 spot this week with a victory over No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan (9-1).

Point Park continues to rank highly in various NAIA Division II statistics. They are third in offensive rebounds per game (18.444), fourth in total rebounds per game (48.444), fifth in blocks per game (5.111) sixth in field goal defense (34.3 percent), eighth in steals per game (13) and ninth in total blocks (46) and turnover margin (6.222).

Offensively, the Pioneers are 17th in scoring offense (80.556), which is 15.366 points higher than last season. The Pioneers are 20th in scoring margin (13.667) and assists per game (16.778).

Point Park has an opportunity to move to 10-0 Saturday at 1 p.m. against Brescia (Ky.) at CCAC-South Gym. The Pioneers won their last game, 91-84, against Alice Lloyd. That was Point Park’s first conference game of the season and the second time this season that it eclipsed the 90-point mark.

The next NAIA DII Top 25 Poll will come out Jan. 7, 2014. Follow the Pioneers on Twitter @PointParkSports