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Basketball Game Recap

Rio Grande avenges earlier loss to Point Park, wins non-conference game 77-67

Dec. 3, 2011

April Austin scored 23 points and moved into 2nd place on the Point Park career 3-pt chart Saturday.


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RIO GRANDE, Ohio -- The University of Rio Grande got a bit of revenge with its 77-67 victory over visiting Point Park University in a non-conference women's basketball game Saturday afternoon.

Point Park (5-4, 1-0 AMC) is one of only two teams to beat Rio Grande (8-2) this year with its 73-66 victory over the host team in the championship game of the Bevo Francis Tournament Nov. 12.

But Rio Grande made sure that it did not lose twice on its home court to Point Park, which was never able to wrestle control of the game away from the homestanding Red Storm.

Point Park's April Austin led all scorers and tied a season high with 23 points, and Katresa Savisky had a career-high 20 points off the bench, but Point Park did not get much offense elsewhere.

Austin and Savisky combined to shoot 15 of 30 (50 percent) from the field, but the rest of the Point Park team was just 10 of 39 (25 percent). As a team, Point Park shot 36 percent (25 of 69) from the floor and 24 percent (5 of 21) from 3-point range.

Defensively, Point Park gave up a season-high of 77 points as Rio Grande shot 47 percent from the field and placed four players in double figures. Guard Kaylee Helton led the way with 16 while Kate Hammond and Elizabeth Padgett had 14 apiece. Sharnisse Morris came off the bench with 13 points.

Rio Grande helped itself stay in front by going 25 of 33 (76 percent) from the foul line. Point Park was 12 of 20 from the foul line. The Pioneers forced 19 turnovers and committed only 11, but its colder shooting combined with Rio Grande's 39-29 edge on the boards made up the difference.

Austin, a 5-6 point guard from Penn Hills, Pa., was 4 of 10 from 3-point range, and the rest of the Pioneers were 1 for 11. Austin's four treys moved her up to second place in the Point Park chart for career 3-pointers made. She has 132 career treys, which is second only to Brittney Wilson's 145. On Saturday, Austin passed Kathy Krebs (129) and Jodie Palermo (130).

Savisky's career-high 20 points came on 7 of 13 field goals, and the 5-9 forward from Butler, Pa., also added five rebounds.

Rio Grande asserted early control with a 15-8 lead after eight minutes. But Point Park battled back to get within 17-15 a few minutes later. The game stay close the rest of the first half, and Rio Grande took a 40-34 lead at the break. Savisky had 10 of her points the first 20 minutes to keep Point Park within striking distance.

Rio Grande opened up a 53-43 lead with under 12 minutes to go, and although Point Park cut into the lead a few times, the Red Storm re-built its double-digit advantage at 64-53 with a little less than six minutes to play.

A 9-2 Point Park run got the Pioneers withing 66-62 with 3:01 left, but a basket off a turnover and a couple of free throws put Rio Grande ahead, 70-62. Point Park made its last stand with a Austin 3-pointer that cut it to 70-65 with two minutes left, but the Red Storm put the game away after that.

Saturday's game was the first of three Saturday road games for the Pioneers, who play just once a week for the next two weeks. Point Park visits Carnegie Mellone (Dec. 10) and Pitt-Greensburg (Dec. 17) before hosting La Roche Dec. 20.