Point Park women at Asbury (Ky.) in KIAC Tournament Semifinals, 6 pm ETFeb. 28, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. ET
Point Park's defense stopped Midway in the KIAC Tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Point Park (25-4, 11-3 KIAC) at Asbury (Ky.) (24-6, 10-4 KIAC) -- KIAC Tournament Semifinals (Wilmore, Ky.)
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WILMORE, Ky. -- Twenty-five game winner Point Park visits 24-game winner Asbury (Ky.) in the KIAC Women's Basketball Tournament Semifinals on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET in Wilmore, Ky. The winner moves on to the finals for a chance to play for an NAIA Division II national tournament invitation.
Point Park (25-4) and Asbury (24-6) are meeting in the playoffs for the third year in a row, albeit one round earlier than the last two postseason meetings. The Pioneers beat Asbury each of the last two years in the KIAC championship game, first at IU Southeast and then last year at Alice Lloyd.
But Asbury, the KIAC South Division champ, won the only meeting between the teams this year, 66-64, at home Jan. 3. Point Park, the No. 2 seed out of teh KIAC North, made a potential game-tying layup in that game, but it was a fraction of a second too late to force overtime.
That game represents how close the two programs have been the last two years. It was Point Park coming away with victories of 67-59 in last year's conference finals and 67-58 the year before. Point Park is seeking its fourth straight conference tournament title and fourth national tournament appearance in a row. Asbury is seeking its first one of each of those accomplishments.
The similarities are vast for the teams. Point Park is No. 1 in the nation in 3-point field-goal defense (.246), and Asbury (Ky.) is seventh at .265. Point Park is eighth nationally in scoring offense at 81.5 ppg, and Asbury is seventh at 82.5 ppg. Both teams use a deep bench of about 10 players.
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