Point Park gets it together in second half of 73-62 win at Mt. Vernon Nazarene
Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:05 p.m. ET
Emily Schartner had 23 points on 6 of 12 shooting from long range. File photo by Richard Finch.
MT. VERNON, Ohio -- Point Park University let its first-half lead slip away by halftime, but it was a different story in the second half.
With some stellar free-throw shooting by Katresa Savisky, the second-half lead that was mainly built by Emily Schartner's 3-point shooting was well-protected in Point Park's 73-62 win at Mt. Vernon Nazarene in a non-conference women's basketball game Friday night.
Schartner, a senior guard form Finleyville, Pa., scored a career-high 23 points on 6 of 12 shooting from 3-point range. Savisky, a junior guard/forward from Butler, Pa., scored all 14 of her points in the second half and was 12 of 16 from the foul line. Sophomore forward Ja'Nia McPhatter added 17 points, five rebounds and four assists to help Point Park improve to 3-1 overall.
Point Park had a nice lead of 28-21 with 3:37 left in the first half. But Mt. Vernon Nazarene (1-3) took a 12-2 run into the break to steal away the lead at halftime, 33-30.
The second half started on a great note for Point Park as Schartner hit from downtown to pull things even at 33-33. The game was still tied at 41-41 with 16:01 to play, but Schartner nailed a trey to ignite a 14-2 run for a 55-43 lead with 9:36 left.
Schartner hit two 3-pointers and scored eight points during the run. McPhatter scored inside and then hit a couple of free throws to cap off the spurt, and the 5-9 forward from New Castle, Pa., totaled 12 of her 17 points after halftime.
Although Mt. Vernon Nazarene got within seven points, 61-54, with 2:34 left, the seven-point lead did not evaporate like it did in the first half. The Cougars started fouling, and Point Park had the answer in Savisky, who made 12 of 14 free throws the last two minutes. She made eight in a row to keep Point Park ahead, 69-58, with 1:06 to go.
Amy Daniels had 21 points and 12 rebounds for Mt. Vernon Nazarene on 9 of 14 shooting from the field. Emily Steveley was the only other Cougar in double figures with 10.
Point Park shot 37 percent from the floor compared to 44 percent from MVNU. But Point Park made up ground at the foul line and from long distance. The Pioneers were 22 of 28 (78 percent) from the charity stripe and 7 of 19 (37 percent) from 3-point distance. Conversely, MVNU made only 10 of 18 free throws and struggled to 22-percent (4 of 18) shooting from long range.
Point Park's defense forced 31 turnovers, and the Pioneers held a 33-14 edge in points off turnovers. Schartner grabbed six steals, and Teresa Davis had four. Point Park had 18 turnovers but only eight the second half.
Point Park got some contributions from some multi-sport athletes who dressed on the hardwood for the first game this year. Ashley Campbell had seven points and seven reobunds in 21 minutes in her first game following the volleyball season. Anna Shaw added six points and three rebounds in 11 minutes in her first game after the soccer season. Finally, Maeve Gallagher got the start in her first game after the conclusion of the soccer season.
Point Park's next game is Monday at home versus Penn State-Fayette (5:30 p.m.). The Pioneers open their KIAC schedule Wednesday versus Alice Lloyd (12 p.m.).
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