Point Park ends regular-season with loss at WVU Tech but catches a break in KIAC
Feb. 16, 2013 at 10:45 p.m. ET
Haley Sauer and the Pioneers will win the KIAC Regular-Season Title. Photo by Evan Skowvron.
MONTGOMERY, W.Va. -- The Point Park University women's basketball team came away with a loss in its regular-season finale, 61-45, at non-conference West Virginia Tech on Saturday, but it caught a big break in the KIAC results of the day.
Point Park (22-6, 11-4 KIAC) put up its lowest point total of the year versus the Golden Bears (13-13) but the news of the day turned brighter when Asbury (Ky.) lost to IU Southeast, 92-85, in a KIAC game later in the day.
With that result, Point Park will win the KIAC Regular Season Title and take the No. 1 seed in the KIAC Tournament because Asbury (Ky.) (9-5 KIAC) cannot catch the Pioneers with only one more conference game left on its schedule, Tuesday at Midway. Point Park has already completed its 15-game league slate.
Asbury was the only team that could have caught Point Park in the standings before Saturday. Alice Lloyd improved to 10-5 KIAC with a victory over Midway on Saturday and has taken over second place from Asbury (ky.)
Point Park's next game will be when it hosts No. 8 seed Carlow (14-14, 5-10 KIAC) in a KIAC Tournament quarterfinal game at home Feb. 23. Tipoff will be 2 p.m. at CCAC-South. The KIAC semifinals and finals are at pre-determined site IU Southeast Feb. 25-26.
Ja'Nia McPhatter had 10 points and 9 rebounds as the only Point Park player in double figures in the loss at WVU Tech. The Pioneers shot only 23 percent from the field (17 for 73) and 3 for 25 from long range (12 percent). Katresa Savisky, Teresa Davis and Haley Sauer totaled eight points apiece.
Courtney Sturdivant had 24 points and eight rebounds and made 3 of 4 treys for the Golden Bears. Teammate Amy Gardner added 15 points, eight rebounds and three treys of her own. Point guard Nia Nolan chipped in eight points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Point Park held a slim lead of 24-22 at the half but was outscored, 39-21, after the break. WVU Tech didn't have a great shooting day at 37 percent overall all, but it was enough to pull away from the cold-shooting Pioneers.
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