Point Park women extend win streak to 10 games, stay unbeaten in AMC
Jan. 24, 2012
Emily Schartner, pictured in a game Dec. 3 at CMU, had 22 points Tuesday. Photo by Richard Finch.
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- The Point Park University women's basketball team extended its school-record win streak to 10 games with Tuesday night's 67-46 victory over visiting Carlow University in American Mideast Conference play at CCAC-South Gym.
Point Park (15-4, 6-0 AMC) remained unbeaten in conference play after cruising to victory over Carlow (8-9, 2-5 AMC). The victory sets up an AMC first-place showdown with NAIA Division II No. 19 Daemen (18-4, 8-0 AMC) this Saturday (Jan. 28). Game time is 3:30 p.m. at CCAC-South.
Emily Schartner, a junior guard from Finleyville, Pa., had a career-high 22 points for Point Park. The transfer from NJIT had 14 points the first half to lead the Pioneers to a 42-19 lead at the break. Schartner was 5 of 8 from 3-point range, and she knocked down four early treys to give Point Park a 21-6 lead midway through the first half.
Schartner was the only Point Park player to reach double figures. All 15 players in uniform saw action for the Pioneers, and 13 of them reached the scoring column.
Point Park's starters played just seven minutes the second half. They began the second half on the floor and were pulled with their team leading, 49-25, with 15:00 to play. The starters got back in four a couple minutes later on, and their day ended after Schartner's old-fashioned 3-point play made it 64-39 with 3:44 left.
Pioneers point guard April Austin totaled five points, six assists and four steals. Point Park had 15 assists on 22 baskets and held a 41-35 edge in rebounds. Point Park shot a solid 39 percent (22 of 56) from the field including 38 percent (9 of 24) from long range.
Carlow was limited to 33-percent shooting (15 of 45), and the Celtics made only 6 of 24 field goals the first half. Carlow was plagued by 27 turnovers, 17 of which came in the first half.
Heather Kaczorowski led Carlow with 13 points on 4 of 6 field goals off the bench.
Point Park, which is in the 'others receiving votes' section of this week's NAIA Division II Top 25 Poll, has not lost since Dec. 3. The Pioneers bested the previous school record of eight straight wins set in 1993-94.
The Pioneers have already surpassed their win total of the last two years. Point Park was 14-13 each of the last two seasons.
Point Park will look to improve on its 7-1 home record with Saturday's showdown with Daemen. The Wildcats beat Houghton, 70-61, Tuesday to improve to 8-0 AMC and are the only ranked team in the league.
Saturday will be USG T-Shirt Day. Point Park students will receive free basketball t-shirts courtesy of United Student Government while supplies last.
The Daemen game will also be Point Park's "Pink Day." Portions of the proceeds of the game will benefit breast cancer research and awareness. Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of the efforts.
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