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W. Basketball Game Recap

Point Park women win at IU Southeast in 2OT after behing down 13 at half

Nov. 30, 2012 at 10:05 p.m. ET

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Ja'Nia McPhatter had career-highs of 26 points and 19 rebounds in the 2OT win Friday. Photo by Evan Skowvron.


NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- Behind huge games from Ja'Nia McPhatter and Emily Schartner, Point Park University pulled a big comeback in its 74-69, double-overtime win at Indiana Southeast in a Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's basketball game Friday night.

McPhatter put up career highs of 28 points and 19 rebounds while Schartner posted career highs of 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead Point Park (5-2, 1-1 KIAC) in erasing a 13-point halftime deficit to force overtime.

It was the second straight double-double for McPhatter, a 5-9, sophomore forward from New Castle, Pa. She transferred this year from La Roche and had 24 points and 14 rebounds in the second half and overtimes.

Schartner, a 5-11, senior guard from Finleyville, Pa., got her first double-double in a Point Park uniform since her transfer last year from NCAA Division I NJIT. Schartner made 5 of 10 treys on the night including 4 of 6 after halftime.

The Pioneers trailed defending conference champion IU Southeast (3-3, 0-1 KIAC), 30-17, at halftime of its first-ever KIAC road game. But the Pioneers got things going their way out of halftime for a 19-9 run over the first 10:25 to get within 39-36 with 9:35 to play.

The teams stayed within a possession or two the rest of regulation and through the extra periods. Point Park's Katresa Savisky scored off a turnover to pull the Pioneers within 41-40 with 5:46 left.

Heather Wheat, who led IU Southeast with 18 points, hit a big trey for a 44-41 edge on the next trip. But McPhatter pulled the Pioneers even with a couple of clutch baskets and two clutch free throws with 46 seconds left to tie the game at 50-50 at the end of regulation.

IU Southeast got a couple of treys from Wheat and Megan Cureton early in the first OT for a 57-53 lead. After that, Point Park could do no more than trade baskets. That sequence included Point Park's Brittany Dunmire nailing a trey only to have the Grenadiers' Ashmere Woods hit a trey at the other end for a 64-60 lead with under a minute to go in OT.

But after Haley Sauer scored inside for Point Park, the Pioneers drew a key charging foul to take possession with 15 seconds left. The Pioneers set up the play for McPhatter to drive, and she got an inside hoop to tie the score at 64-64. Woods' 3-pointer at the OT buzzer was no good at the other end.

In the second overtime, the teams each came up empty their first few trips before Schartner drilled a long-range jumper at the top of the key. Later, McPhatter scored on a nice inside move to maintain the three-point lead, 70-67, and Sauer's jumper gave PPU a key cushion, 72-67, with 35 seconds left.

Although IU Southeast made it close at 72-69, Schartner, a 97-percent free-throw shooter, sank a pair at the line with 21 ticks remaining to set the final. She is now 32 for 33 on the year including 4 for 4 Friday night. The Grenadiers came up empty on their last possession, and it was Schartner who cleared the rebound.

Besides Schartner and McPhatter, no other Pioneer was in double figures although Sauer and Savisky had six points each.

Although IU Southeast's Wheat had 18 points, she didn't get the usual help from her backcourtmate Ashmere Woods, who was held to 10 points on 3 of 13 shooting. That output was nine points below her average of 19.4 ppg coming in for the NAIA DII Honorable Mention from a year ago.

After winning in two overtimes, the Pioneers have a short turnaround with another KIAC game at Brescia (Ky.) on Saturday (Dec. 1). The Pioneers visit the Bearcats at 1 p.m. Central Time (2 p.m. Eastern Time) after traveling about 90 more minutes on their two-day road trip.

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