Point Park women (0-1) hit the road for the Bevo Francis Tournament at Rio Grande
Nov. 11-12 at Rio Grande, Ohio
Point Park (0-1) vs. Midway (Ky.) (1-3), Nov. 11 (2 p.m.)
Point Park vs. TBA (Rio Grande or Carlow), Nov. 12 (11 a.m. or 3 p.m.)
On Air: Rio Grande will air Live Video of games involving the host team.
Visit this link for possible broadcasts involving Point Park: http://www.ihigh.com/redstorm/
RIO GRANDE, Ohio -- The Point Park women (0-1) visit the Bevo Francis Tournament hosted by the University of Rio Grande for two games Nov. 11-12. The Pioneers, under first-year coach Tony Grenek, open up with Midway (Ky.) (1-3) Friday at 2 p.m.
The other first-round matchup has host team Rio Grande (2-0) facing AMC member Carlow (0-0). Saturday's games include the consolation game at 11 a.m. and the championship game at 3 p.m.
If Point Park faces Rio Grande on Day 2, then that game will be shown on live online video courtesy for Rio Grande sports information. Visit www.rioredstorm.com for links to the broadcast.
Point Park's radio station WPPJ AM-670 is not broadcasting the games this weekend but is doing 21 of the 24 remaining games on the schedule beginning Tuesday at Fairmont State.
The Pioneers will look to get their first win of the year versus Midway after opening up with a 54-42 loss at Mt. Vernon Nazarene Tuesday night. It was the first game for the Pioneers under new coach Tony Grenek. They played the tough defense that Grenek's style requires, but they could not find enough scoring on the offensive end.
Point Park's all-conference point guard April Austin led all players with 23 points and 12 rebounds, but not other Pioneers player reached double figures. The game was tied 19-19 at the half, but Mt. Vernon pulled away in part because it made 25 of 30 free throws to account for nearly half its points.
Point Park shot 30 percent from the field and held the Cougars to 26-percent shooting and just 13 total field goals.
The Pioneers beat Midway, 79-54, at this event last year. Midway was 10-21 overall and 6-7 in the NAIA Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference last season.
Midway lost its first three games but won its last outing. Midway averages 61 points per game and gives up 74 a game. Whitney Odom is a 5-6 senior guard who averages a team-high 11.0 ppg. Backcourtmate Whitley Henry, a 5-6 junior, gives Midway two double-digit scorers at 10.5 ppg. Midway shoots 40% from the field but just 28% from long range.
Midway is led by fourth-year coach Karley Mohler, who is on familiar ground at Rio Grande. She was a three-time All-AMC player for the Red Storm.
Possible Day 2 opponent Rio Grande is 2-0 on the year. The Red Storm edged Point Park, 89-84, in the season opener last year. Rio Grande had three double-digit scorers a year ago, and just one of those returns -- senior guard Kaylee Helton at 16.5 ppg.
The Red Storm lost to graduation SG Jenna Smith (18.2 ppg), PF Leah Kendro (16.5 ppg) and PG Bre Davis (10.9 ppg).
Sharnise Morris, a 5-7 guard, joins Helton in averaging 16.5 ppg this year. New to the starting lineup this year are key returners Kate Hammond (9.0 ppg), a 5-11 guard, and Brooke Shaw (5.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg), a 6-2 center. Rio Grande averages 61 points per game and limits its opponents to 54.
Rio Grande is shooting 36 percent from the field and 25 percent from outside the arc. The Red Storm have good perimeter defense as they hold their opponents to 10.4 percent from long range.
For complete game coverage, visit the women's basketball website at www.pointpark.edu/athletics this weekend and follow us on Twitter @PointParkSports.