No. 23 Point Park has 13-game win streak end at Walsh in tough loss, 48-46
Feb. 7, 2012
April Austin had 16 points for Point Park at Walsh Tuesday. File photo by Jack Megaw.
NORTH CANTON, Ohio -- No. 23 Point Park University had its 13-game winning streak end with a hard-fought loss at Walsh University, 48-46, in American Mideast Conference play Tuesday night.
Point Park (18-5, 9-1 AMC) played its usual tough defense but struggled shooting in its first loss since Dec. 3. Walsh (13-12, 9-3 AMC) avenged an earlier, 54-47 loss at Point Park Jan. 3, although results versus Walsh will not be counted toward AMC playoff qualification or seeding.
In essence, a loss to Walsh does not affect Point Park's conference standing, which remains as first place in the league. Point Park is 1-1 this year versus the NCAA Division II-bound Cavaliers, but those two games will be taken out of consideration wihen it comes time to figure out the playoff picture.
Point Park broke new ground with its ealier win over Walsh, but after Tuesday, the all-time series versus Walsh stands at 11-1 in favor of the Cavaliers. The 13-game win streak established a school record, besting the previous mark of eight straight wins.
In what was a defensive battle and an offensive struggle throughout, Walsh was the team to grind out a tough win. Point Park shot just 27 percent (16 of 59) -- including 24 percent (8 of 33) the second half -- and Walsh shot 33 percent (16 of 49) overall.
Point Park's April Austin led all scorers with 16 points, and the junior point guard had 13 points by halftime. Point Park was down, 23-21, at the break as it got a 10-point deficit down to two by halftime.
In the second half, Walsh's lead of 29-23 with 17:47 to play represented the biggest lead for either team after halftime. Point Park battled back to tie things up at 32-32 with 12:17 left on Katresa Savisky's 3-pointer.
Although Walsh built a modest lead of 40-35 at the 5:18 mark, Point Park put together an 8-1 run to take its only lead of the half, 43-41, with 3:03 left. The run was built on two free throws a piece from Maeve Gallagher, Ashley Campbell and Austin and a layup by Campbell.
Walsh's Emily Taylor made a big jumper for a 45-43 lead with 2:29 left, and that allowed the Cavs to stay in control the final couple of minutes. After some free throws by each team, Walsh was up, 47-44, with 38 seconds to go.
Although Point Park missed a couple of jumpers on its next possession, it found new life when Walsh missed two free throws with 13 ticks remaining. Emily Schartner then hit a jumper with seven seconds left to cut the lead to 47-46. Point Park fouled, and after Megan Hogg made 1 of 2 free throws for Walsh, the Pioneers missed a game-tying jumper as time expired.
Neither team got out of single digits for the first 11-plus minutes, and Walsh led, 10-6, on a jumper Kristi Yoder with 8:31 left in the first half. Walsh went on to build a 14-6 edge by the 6:54 mark, and Point Park didn't crack double-digits until Austin's 3-pointer cut it to 16-11 with 5:48 left in the half.
Walsh scored five quick points for a 10-point lead, 21-11, but an 8-0 Point Park run highlighted by jumpers from Beatty, Austin and Schartner pulled the Pioneers within 21-19 late the half.
Yoder had 10 points as the only Walsh player in double figures. She had nine points in the first half nd finished with nine rebounds to help the Cavs win the boards, 47-39.
Walsh committed 19 turnovers compared to 14 for Point Park. Walsh was just 1 of 10 from long range, and Point Park was a decent 4 of 13 from distance. Walsh won by two despite missing 13 foul shots and connecting on juts 15 of 28 from there.
Point Park has four games remaining, and two of them are at home this weekend. The Pioneers host Roberts Wesleyan in a key conference game Saturday at 3:30 p.m. They follow that up with a home date with Fisher Sunday at 2 p.m.