Watch Live! Point Park vs. Midway (Ky.) in KIAC Tournament QuarterfinalsUpdated -- Feb. 25, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Carly Forse and the Pioneers are the No. 2 seed in the KIAC North Division.
KIAC Tournament Quarterfinals -- Midway (Ky.) (12-15, 8-7) at Point Park (24-4, 11-3), Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m.
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PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University women's basketball found out its KIAC Tournament quarterfinal opponent on Monday night with the completion of the regular season. The Pioneers (24-4, 11-3 KIAC) will host Midway (Ky.) College (12-15, 8-7) on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at CCAC-South Gym.
Point Park is the No. 2 team in the KIAC North Division, and Midway is the No. 3 team in the KIAC South. The top two teams in each division host quarterfinal games on Wednesday. Winners will advance to the semifinals Feb. 28, and the finals will be March 3.
The Pioneers, who completed their second regular season in a row with just four losses, will be going for their fourth straight conference championship. Point Park has won the last two KIAC Tournaments and won the AMC Tournament in the last year of the conference, 2011-12.
The winner of the KIAC Tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II national tournament March 11-17 in Sioux City, Iowa. KIAC North champion Rio Grande (24-6, 13-1 KIAC) earned the conference's first automatic bid as the KIAC regular season champion. Point Park finished 2.0 games behind Rio Grande in the race for the regular-season title and will have to win the conference tournament to earn its fourth straight trip to the national tourney.
Point Park beat Midway on the road, 77-69, in the only regular-season meeting between the schools this year. The Pioneers erased a 15-point deficit in the first half by outscoring the Eagles by 23 points the rest of the way. It was the second game of a back-to-back road trip that started out at Brescia (Ky.).
Point Park owns a 5-0 all-time record versus Midway. The Eagles earned the No. 3 seed out of the KIAC South with Monday night's 88-71 win versus Alice Lloyd (Ky.). Midway will be playing its third game in four days, a stretch the began with Sunday's 67-61 loss at IU Southeast and continued with Monday night's home game in Midway, Ky.
Midway has talented guards Me'Lisa Martinez (17.8 ppg) and McKinzie Laswell (12.5 ppg), who each had 21 points in Monday night's win. A fast tempo team that likes to force the issue with its defense, Midway ranks 22nd in the nation with 10.7 steals per game.
Point Park counters ranking third in NAIA Division II in turnover margin +8.4 and sixth in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio at +1.1. The Pioneers defense is strong on the perimeter ranking third in the nation in 3-point field goal defense at .248. Point Park is eighth in NAIA DII with 12.9 steals per game.
Point Park has a deep team of 10-12 players in its rotation, which is led by point guard Kelly Johnson with 17.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.4 apg, 3.6 spg. She directs an offense that is ninth in the nation in scoring at 81.5 ppg.
Midway at Point Park will be broadcast live by the Point Park Sports Network. Watch Live
KIAC Women's Basketball Tournament
Feb. 25 -- Quarterfinals
3S Midway (Ky.) at 2N Point Park, 5:30 p.m.
4N IU Kokomo at 1S Asbury (Ky.), 6 p.m.
3N IU East at 2S IU Southeast, 7 p.m.
4S Cincinnati Christian at 1N Rio Grande, 7 p.m.
Feb. 28 -- Semifinals
Midway-Point Park Winner vs. IU Kokomo-Asbury Winner
IU East-IU Southeast Winner vs. Cincinnati Christian-Rio Grande Winner
March 3 -- Finals
Remaining teams at Higher Seed