Play 4Kay Game vs. Daemen a success with $3,380 raised and buzzer-beater win
Feb. 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET
The Point Park women's basketball team poses after the Play 4Kay Game win over Daemen. Head coach Tony Grenek (center) shaved his head in support of those battling cancer after the team goal of $3,000 was raised. Photo by Evan Skowvron.
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- April Austin hit a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left to lift the Point Park University women's basketball team to a 54-52 home victory over Daemen College on Friday night at CCAC-South. It was the Play 4Kay Game for the Pioneers (19-4, 10-3 KIAC), and Austin's buzzer-beater capped off a great night.
Point Park women's basketball and its fans raised $3,380 for Play 4Kay and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund named for the late N.C. State head coach. Since the $3,000 team goal was reached, Pioneers' head coach Tony Grenek made good on his promise to shave his head at midcourt following the game.
Money was raised through online donations the last two weeks and also through gameday proceeds of the win versus Daemen (20-7). There was $2,405 raised online and $975 raised at the game.
Austin, a senior point guard from Penn Hills, Pa., finished with 15 points and led a late charge after it looked like Daemen was in control, 50-45, in the closing minutes.
But the Daemen lead evaporated as Austin fit two clutch jumpers around and Katresa Savisky put-back as the Pioneers stole back the lead, 51-50, with 2:25 remaining.
A few possessions later, Daemen went ahead, 52-51, when 6-5 center Monica Kosior got free for a layup after a second-chance opportunity with 27 seconds left.
Point Park took possession and called timeout after working the clock down to 10.7 seconds. The Pioneers ran a play for Austin, who came off a screen to hit the go-ahead trey right in front of the Point Park bench.
With just 0.4 seconds to work with, Daemen's ensuing inbounds pass from under its own basket was stolen away near midcourt by Emily Schartner.
Ja'Nia McPhatter led all scorers with 21 points and 12 rebounds. She carried Point Park for much of the game until Austin came through at the end. When McPhatter fouled out with still a few minutes to go, Point Park was without its most consistent performer on the night. But Austin made the plays in final moments to give the Pioneers the win.
Savisky added 10 points and seven rebounds for Point Park, which shot 33 percent from the field and 21.4 percent (6 for 28) from 3-point range.
Kosior produced a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds for Daemen, and swing player Chelsea Andorka totaled 11 points. Guard Lindsay Stoddard had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Daemen shot 35 percent for the game, but that was brought up by 49-percent shooting the second half. Both teams struggled from the floor the opening 20 minutes as Point Park worked a 24-19 halftime lead.
Daemen shot just 22.6 percent (7 for 31) the first half, and Point Park was not much better at 28.6 percent (10 for 35). Point Park was up, 10-6, early and later by a score of 18-12. Although Daemen scored seven points in a row to take a slim lead of 19-18 late in the first half, McPhatter nailed two treys in the final minutes of the first half to send the Pioneers to the locker room ahead by five, 24-19.
McPhatter, who had 14 points and nine rebounds by halftime, was 3 for 7 from long range. She entered the game 9 for 30 from downtown on the year.
McPhatter continued her strong play the second half as her 3-pointer and jumper gave the Pioneers their biggest lead of 36-27 with 14:20 left. But Daemen scored the next nine points to tie things up at 36-36 with 11:15 left.
The teams stayed close and were still tied, 45-45, at the 6:37 mark. But Kosior converted a 3-point play, and Ellie Allen made a trasition layup to put Daemen up, 50-45, moments later.
Rebounds and turnovers were even as each team grabbed 44 rebounds and turned it over 11 times. Daemen was just 6 for 13 from the foul line, and Point Park made 4 of 5 free throws.
Point Park is off until holding its Senior Day Feb. 9 vs. Berea (Ky.). Game time is 12 p.m. at CCAC-South Gym.
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