Point Park picks up road win at Brescia (Ky.) to start two-game trip, 94-78
Jan. 23, 2015 at 11:30 p.m. ET By Zachary Weiss
Alexa Xenakis scored 16 points in victory at Brescia (Ky.) Friday night.
OWENSBORO, Ky. -- The Point Park University women's basketball team won, 94-78, at Brescia (Ky.) University in a KIAC game Friday night.
It was another big road win for the Pioneers (18-2, 5-1 KIAC), who are now 10-2 on the road this year. Point Park has won seven games in a row and its past four road contests. Point Park has won 14 of its past 15 games overall and remains in the ‘others receiving votes’ section of the NAIA Division II Top 25 Poll this week at No. 26 overall.
Point Park had a big lead from the outset at Brescia as it was ahead 14-0 and later 26-10 on its way to a 23-point halftime lead, 57-34. The Pioneers used their bench liberally in the second half, and all 12 players who dressed reached the scoring column.
Leading the way for Point Park (18-2, 5-1 KIAC) was sophomore guard Kelly Johnson, who scored 20 points in 21 minutes. Junior guard Alexa Xenakis scored 16 points on 6 of 7 field goals and 3 of 4 from long range. Senior guard Kayla Kiriau put up 11 points on 4 of 5 from the field. With all 12 players scoring, it was the second time this season that occurred.
"Any time you win on the road in conference play, you've got to be happy," coach Tony Grenek said. "We did a lot of subbing in the second half and nobody played over 25 minutes, which is good because we play another tough game tomorrow. Everybody contributed and did a nice job, so it was nice to get a huge road win."
Point Park shot 53.8 percent from the field in the first half, which was the best mark since Jan. 14 when Point Park shot 65.6 percent from the field against Penn State Beaver. The 57 points in the first half marked the second-most points in an opening half for the Pioneers this year, second only to the 61 points at Concordia (Mich.).
Brescia attempted to comeback in the second half, however, two players fouled out in the process. The Pioneers five consisted of reserves and the Bearcats cut the lead back down to 21 points before the starters came into the contest. Point Park never led by less than 16 points in the second half.
Brescia (7-12, 1-5 KIAC) had five players reach double figures led by guard Haley Cook (16 points). The other four were guard Kelsey Kirkpatrick (15), guard Julie Whitfill (12), guard Darrian McNary (11) and guard Lauren Rodgers (10).
The Bearcats had 13 assists and 12 turnovers, which makes them the first Point Park opponent since West Virginia Tech on Feb. 16, 2013 to have more assists than turnovers.
Although Point Park wasn’t forcing its usual high turnovers, the Pioneers stayed out top throughout with a collective, offensive effort. It all added up to a Pioneers win with Ja’Nia McPhatter scoring nine points, Shaniya Rivers eight, Natasha Moss seven and Carly Forse six.
Helping to keep the Pioneers ahead by double digits was their free throw shooting. Point Park made 22 of 32 foul shots on the night, which included an impressive 14 for 16 in the second half for 88 percent.The Pioneers drained 10 treys in 21 attempts for 48 percent, and seven different players hit from the outside. Point Park shot 47 percent from the field and held Brescia to 37 percent overall and 28 percent from distance (9 for 32).
Point Park visits Midway (Ky.) (8-9, 4-1 KIAC) Saturday at 2 p.m. ET for the second game of the two-day, KIAC road trip. Midway defeated IU East,111-106, Thursday.
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