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Point Park women end year at No. 21 in NAIA Division II Postseason Top 25 Poll

March 19, 2012

Point Park (23-7), pictured at the national tournament, is the No. 21-ranked team in NAIA DII to end the year.



PITTSBURGH -- The best season in the history of Point Park University women's basketball has ended with the Pioneers getting their highest national ranking ever.

Point Park (23-7) moved up two spots to No. 21 in the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Postseason Top 25 Poll that was released by the national office on Monday (March 19). It is the final poll of the season, and it comes after the completion of the national tournament March 13.

The Pioneers, winners of 18 of their final 21 games, had been No. 23 when they entered the NAIA DII National Championship for the first time in program history. Point Park, which won the American Mideast Conference Tournament, lost in the first round of the national tourney, 60-58, to then-No. 10 Corban (Ore.) on March 8.

Point Park is in the Top 25 for the sixth consecutive poll. The Pioneers earned the first national ranking in program history when they debuted at No. 25 on Jan. 30. In the weeks after, Point Park occupied each spot from No. 22-25 until reaching their highest ranking ever of No. 21 to end the year.

The Pioneers, who rank second in the country in scoring defense at 51.6 ppg, had a good showing in the national tournament and came up just short in the loss to Corban. Point Park had a chance to take the lead late but missed a couple of shots in the final 10 seconds.

So, the Pioneers were able to move up two spots based on taking the No. 10-ranked Corban team to the limit.

Teams ranked below No. 20 in the pre-tournament poll didn't have much luck in the national tournament as only one -- Eastern Oregon University -- got out of the first round. The Mountaineers won a couple of games, reached the round of eight and vaulted from No. 24 last week to No.11 this week.

There were only two new members of this week's rankings as No. 23 Daemen (NY) and No. 24 Huntington (Ind.) cracked the rankings despite losing in the first round of the tournament.

Point Park's outstanding season included a number of records and "firsts." The Pioneers set a team record for most wins (23), few losses (7) and most consecutive wins (13 from Dec.10 to Feb. 4). Point Park won a conference tournament title for the first time, gained a national ranking for the first time and made the national tournament for the first time.

To view the complete NAIA DII Coaches' Postseason Top 25 Poll, click here: http://tinyurl.com/7uvkwj7