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W. Basketball Game Recap

Point Park women lose KIAC opener to Alice Lloyd (Ky.), 71-64, at home

Nov. 21, 2012

Emily Schartner had 17 of her 19 points in the first half Wednesday. Photo by Evan Skowvron.


WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- Point Park University's struggle the entire second half of Wednesday's KIAC opener at CCAC-South Gym was to pull even with Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College. When the Point Park women's basketball team finally caught up, Alice Lloyd made a couple of key plays to win.

Point Park (4-2, 0-1 KIAC) trailed, 36-30, at halftime and was down by as many as 13 in the second half before clawing back even at 61-61 with 3:03 to play. But Alice Lloyd (6-3, 2-0 KIAC) took control with a couple of free throws from Ariel Nickell and big 3-pointer by J.J. Hickson for a 66-61 lead with 1:25 left.

And with Point Park making only one field goal after tying it at 61, Alice Lloyd was able to salt away a 71-64 win with some free throws.

Nickell was a thorn in the Pioneers' side all day with final totals of 24 points and 13 rebounds. The 5-9 forward who came in averaging more than 26 points and 13 rebounds per game, made 10 of 12 free throws on the day. None were bigger than the pair she sank to break the 61-61 tie. She drew that foul away from the ball in the high post and converted with the Eagles in the bonus.

Point Park came up empty on its next to possessions -- the second of which included a second-chance opportunity -- and Hickson nailed a quick 3-pointer on the other end for the key separation, 66-61.

A theme for much of the second half was for the Pioneers to get stops on the defensive end with an inability to follow that up with key baskets offensively.

Down by six at the break, Point Park found itself trailing, 47-36, with 14:47 to play. Although the Pioneers cut the deficit to six points in between, they came up empty on a few possessions and were again down by double digits at 59-49 with 7:33 remaining.

Then, Point Park finally combined its defense with some conversions offensively during a 10-0 run that developed over a four-minute span. It was the run the Pioneers were looking for as it allowed them to tie the score at 59-59 on Katresa Savisky's pair of free throws as the 3:48 mark.

The 10-0 run included five free throws and was started by Teresa Davis' 3-pointer. Then the teams traded baskets -- an inside bucket by Alice Lloyd's Courtney Crowder and a layup by Point Park's Maeve Gallagher -- to make it even at 61-61.

Emily Schartner led Point Park with 19 points. The 5-11 guard from Finleyville, Pa., scored 17 points the first half to keep Point Park within a couple possessions at the break.

Savisky finished with 16 points, four rebounds and three assists, and she made several, key offensively plays the second half to erase the deficits.

Ja'Nia McPhatter registered a double-double of 14 points and a Point Park-high 10 rebounds. Gallagher made the only shot she took for two points and finished with six points and five assists.

Four of Gallagher's assists came the first six minutes as the Point Park offense was clicking to a 14-5 lead at the 13:37 mark. Gallagher found Savisky for a trey and fed McPhatter for a layup to build that nine-point lead.

But Alice Lloyd, which won at Carlow, 67-63, in a KIAC game Tuesday night, got back on track as Point Park hit a rut. The Eagles outscored Point Park, 22-5 over the next seven minutes for a 27-19 lead with 6:32 before the half.

By the time Alice Lloyd went up, 34-24, two minutes later, Point Park had made only 8 of 26 field goals (30 percent) and Alice Lloyd had converted 13 of 24 field goals (54 percent) for the game.

Besides Nickell with 24 points and 13 rebounds, Alice Lloyd got 13 points off the bench from forward Haley Smith and 10 points and a couple of treys from Crowder. Smith's 11 first-half points came in 10 minutes of playing time, and were mostly from layups that build the lead.

Point Park ended up shooting 38 percent overall and 29 percent (4 of 14) from long range. Alice Lloyd finished with 45-percent shooting overall and 42 percent (5 of 12) from outside the arc.

Point Park is off until next Friday, Nov. 30 when it visits IU Southeast. That is the first game of a two-game road-trip that ends with a visit to Brescia (Ky.) Dec. 1.

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