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W. Basketball Game Recap

Point Park runs away with road victory at PSU-Fayette, improves to 8-2

Dec. 15, 2012 at 10:40 p.m. ET

Haley Sauer had 12 points for Point Park in the 71-52 win at PSU-Fayette. Photo by Evan Skowvron.


UNIONTOWN, Pa. -- Point Park University made quick work of Penn State-Fayette in its 71-52 win over the Roaring Lions on Saturday night in Uniontown, Pa. The Pioneers improved to 8-2 overall after getting out to leads of 22-2 and 33-4 the first half.

Point Park, which was playing for the first time in eight days because of final exams this past week, led, 50-19, at halftime. The Pioneers opened the second half on a 10-2 run for a 60-21 advantage before going to the bench with 16:02 remaining.

The game at PSU-Fayette (3-5) afforded the Pioneers (8-2, 2-1 KIAC) a chance to get back on the court again prior to a couple of key KIAC games early next week. Point Park, which is receiving votes nationally in the NAIA DII Top 25 Poll, has a showdown at home with the KIAC's No. 2 team, Asbury (11-4, 1-0 KIAC) on Monday at 6 p.m.

The Pioneers host KIAC foe Midway (3-9) on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on WPPJ and the MSA Sports Network. Live Stats will also be provided with links to all coverage on the Point Park athletic website.

Saturday was also a chance for Point Park to play for the first time this year with senior point guard April Austin directing things. The 5-6 Austin is from Penn Hills, Pa., and North Catholic High School. She had to sit out the first semester since she had only one semester of eligibility left at the start of this year. She transferred from Dayton as a fresman in 2009 with a total of 3.5 years at her disposal.

Austin scored all 11 of her points in the first half and made 4 of 5 field goals. She also added six rebounds and three assists.

Senior guard Emily Schartner, who like Austin is a former NCAA Division I transfer, had 11 of her 14 points the first 20 minutes and finished 4 of 5 from 3-point range. Schartner hit a couple of treys early on to get the Pioneers out to an 18-2 lead the first five minutes.

Haley Sauer, a sophomore guard from Shaler, had her starting spot taken by the return of Austin but came up with 12 points on 4 of 8 from the field. Sophomore forward Ja'Nia McPhatter totaled seven points and six rebounds although she had seven points and five rebounds by halftime.

The statistics were overwhelmingly in Point Park's favor the first half. The Pioneers shot 54 percent overall and 60 percent (6 of 10) from long range the first 20 minutes. The Pioneers were dominating the boards, 25-7, at halftime and were holding PSU-Fayette to 29-percent (7 for 24) shooting. Point Park forced 16 first-half turnovers compared to only five turnovers of its own.

Point Park ended up shooting 41 percent from the field and 42 percent (8 for 19) from outside the arc. The Roaring Lions shot 35 percent on the night. The final turnover margin showed PSU-Fayette with 22 and Point Park with seven.

Notes: The win improves Point Park second-year head coach Tony Grenek's record to 31-9 at the school. He passed Luke Ruppel (30-21 from '84-86) for third place on the Point Park's all-time wins list. He trails record holder Ed Meena (81 wins) and Sam Kosanovich (53)...Point Park's 8-2 record marks the program's best start through 10 games. That surpasses the 2009-10 and 2010-11 teams that started 7-3...Point Park is 18-3 in the month of December since the 2009-10 season.

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