#1 Point Park advances to KIAC Tournament Finals with win over #5 IU Southeast
Feb. 25, 2013 at 10:00 p.m. ET
Ja'Nia McPhatter and the Point Park women have advanced to the KIAC Finals. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – No. 1 seed Point Park University set a team-record for wins in a season and advanced to the KIAC Tournament Finals with Monday night’s 76-51 win over No. 5 seed IU Southeast in the conference semifinals at IU Southeast.
Point Park (24-6, 11-4 KIAC) will meet No. 3 seed Asbury (Ky.) (23-9, 10-5 KIAC) in the KIAC Tournament Finals on Tue., Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. at New Albany, Ind. (at IU Southeast).
Asbury was a 74-73 winner over No. 2 seed Alice Lloyd (Ky.) in the other semifinal on Monday. Point Park beat Asbury at home, 63-56, on Dec. 18 and lost at Asbury, 83-75, on Jan. 5. The KIAC Tournament champion will qualify for the NAIA Division II National Championship March 6-12 in Sioux City, Iowa, as the conference’s automatic bid.
April Austin had 23 points, six rebounds and seven assists to lead Point Park back from a small deficit of 37-36 at the half versus IU Southeast (17-13, 8-7 KIAC).
Ja'Nia McPhatter added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Emily Schartner totaled 13 points, eight rebounds and two 3-pointers.
Point Park's Katresa Savisky had eight points and a team-high 12 rebounds as she and Teresa Davis (6 pts) led the Pioneers' defensive effort. Davis held IU Southeast's Heather Wheat (20.3 ppg) to four points on 1 for 12 field goals.
Ashmere Woods led IU Southeast with 14 points, and Andrea Owen scored all 11 of her points the first half. Owen was 3 for 3 from long range the first half to lead the Grenadiers back from a 27-16 deficit midway through the first half.
But Point Park turned on the defense the second half and kept its offense clicking to win going away. IU Southeast was shooting 46 percent at the half but ended up shooting only 32 percent for the game. That’s because IU Southeast was held to 17-percent shooting overall (4 for 23) and 1-for-11 shooting from long range the final 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, Point Park made 14 of 28 second-half field goals (50 percent) to extend the lead to above 20 points. Savisky made a layup for a 47-37 lead early in the second half, and the Pioneers never looked back. By the time McPhatter scored inside with 12:24 left, Point Park was up, 54-40.
Point Park shot 43 percent and took advantage of 22 IU Southeast turnovers to rack up 27 points off turnovers. The Pioneers dominated the boards, 44-29, and that resulted in a 14-1 advantage in second-chance points.
Point Park won all three meetings over IU Southeast this year. The Pioneers won at IU Southeast, 74-69 (2OT) Nov. 30 and also beat the Grenadiers at home, 63-56, on Dec. 29.
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