No. 22 Point Park beats ALC by 36, ties team record for biggest KIAC win
Jan. 4, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Ja'Nia McPhatter had a season-high 25 points for the Pioneers. Photo by Derrik Whiten.
By Zachary Weiss, Point Park University Athletic Communications
PIPPA PASSES, Ky. -- The No. 22-ranked Point Park University women's basketball team tied a team record for largest margin of victory in a KIAC game with Sunday's 95-59 victory at Alice Lloyd (Ky.).
It was the first KIAC win of the year for the Pioneers (12-2, 1-1 KIAC), who bounced back from Saturday's close loss to Asbury (Ky.) (12-2, 2-0) with the 36-point victory.
"I'm very happy with the way we bounced back today after a tough loss yesterday against Asbury," Pioneers head coach Tony Grenek said. "We got to play everyone, everyone contributed and made a difference on the floor."
Junior guard/forward Ja'Nia McPhatter scored a season-high 25 points on 8 of 10 shooting from the field and 3 of 4 from 3-point range. The 5-9 native of New Castle also made 6 of 8 free throws in what was her best game of the year.
Senior forward Natasha Moss contributed 11 points and eight rebounds while sophomore guard Carly Corcoran added 10 points and five rebounds, both of whom came off the bench.
In all, the Pioneers had 11 players see action, and all 11 scored. Six different players made a 3-pointer, and the Pioneers were 10 of 26 from outside the arc as a team.
Alice Lloyd (5-9, 1-1 KIAC) was led by senior guard Carla Booth, who totaled 20 points and four assists. Junior center Serena Nickell had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Amber Shepherd contributed with 10 points and five rebounds.
Alice Lloyd opened the contest on an 8-2 scoring run and led for the vast majority of the first half. But the Pioneers went into the halftime locker room on a big run, which was sparked by two 3-pointers from Alexa Xenakis. That resulted in a 48-35 lead at the break for Point Park.
The second half was all Point Park as the Pioneers outscored Alice Lloyd, 47-24. Alice Lloyd was within eight points at 52-44 with 15 minutes left. But the Pioneers blitzed the Eagles, 43-15, the rest of the way.
After the tough, weekend road trip, the Pioneers are 1-1 in the KIAC. McPhatter believes the team has learned a lot from it conference games thus far.
"I feel like it was a learning lesson," said McPhatter. "We grew from our loss and now know what to expect from our conference. Each game we have to come ready to play and capitalize on our opponent's miscues."
Point Park will have a few days off before getting back into conference play Wednesday at KIAC newcomer Rio Grande (Ohio) (9-5, 0-0 KIAC). Starting KIAC play with three road games in the span of six days is something that Grenek reflected on.
"We were definitely put up against it at the beginning of conference play, but we'll keep on doing what we always do." Grenek said. "We'll take Monday off and then prepare for Rio Grande.
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