No. 1 Point Park beats No. 5 Berea in the semis, advances to KIAC Finals
Feb. 28, 2014
Carly Forse looks for room in the KIAC Tournament Semifinals win over Berea (Ky.) on Friday.
KIAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Feb. 28 -- Semifinals
No. 1 Point Park def. No. 5 Berea (Ky.), 68-64 BOX SCORE
March 1 -- Finals
No. 1 Point Park (28-4) vs. No. 2 Asbury (Ky.) (25-6), 1 p.m. ET / LISTEN LIVE (PPU Broadcast) / WATCH LIVE (KIAC Broadcast)
By Zachary Weiss, Point Park University Athletic Communications Student Assistant
PIPPA PASSES, Ky. – The No. 1 seed Point Park University women’s basketball team has advanced to the KIAC Tournament finals after defeating No. 5 Berea (Ky.), 68-64, in the semifinals on Friday night.
Freshman forward Carly Forse had a double-double, her seventh of the season, with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Fellow freshman post player Sam Weir also scored 15 points while Katresa Savisky had 12 points and seven rebounds.
Savisky, who was a perfect 8 for 8 from the foul line, made four free throws in the final 20 seconds as Point Park held on for the win. Berea trailed, 60-46, with five minutes left but came storming back.
Point guard Johnesha Warren had 21 points and 14 rebounds for Berea while teammates Erika Parks and Malena Steve had 14 and 12 points, respectively.
“We built up a pretty nice lead and we’re able to defend really well, rebound the ball and get them into foul trouble,” Point Park head coach Tony Grenek said. “We got into foul trouble and had costly turnovers, but in the end our lead was big enough to win.”
Point Park will meet No. 2 seed Asbury (Ky.) (25-6) in the KIAC Tournament finals on Saturday, March 1 at 1 p.m. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the NAIA DII national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa, March 12-18.
The Pioneers went on a 9-2 run in the opening three minutes minutes before Berea started to get defensive stops and make three point shots. Point Park later built another seven-point lead of 22-15 but the score was tied at 27-27 at the half as both teams went cold, each shooting 27 percent from the floor the first half.
Point Park was 1 for 13 from 3-point range the opening 20 minutes and was just 3 for 21 from long range in the game. But the Pioneers got some big, outside shots to fall the second half to get some separation.
Although Berea scored a 3 to open the scoring in the second half, a 12-0 Point Park run took control of the game. A huge factor in the run were Teresa Davis’ two 3-point shots, the only ones the Pioneers hit the second half.
“Don’t be surprised if Teresa would be the MVP in the conference tournament,” Grenek said. “She’s a big-time player in big-time games. She doesn’t seem to succumb to the pressure, she rises to the occasion.”
The lead would hold until late when empty possessions and turnovers turned into Berea points. The game came down to the free-throw line where Savisky made all eight of her free throw attempts.
Those foul shots held off the furious, 16-4 run by Berea, which cut the 60-46 lead to 64-62 with 20 seconds left. But Savisky came up the Pioneers’ final four points at the foul line.
“I’ve practiced them all the time, so it’s no different than at practice,” said Savisky, a senior from Butler, Pa. “Step up and make them.
“It’s not really revenge it’s business,” Savisky said of the fact that Berea handed Point Park two of its four losses in the regular season. “They just happened to beat us twice, they’re just a team standing between us and the title and nationals.”
This sets up a rematch of last season’s KIAC finals against Asbury. The teams shared the KIAC regular season title and split both meetings this regular season.
“They’re tough and very well coached,” Savisky said. “They’re physical and execute their plays. We have our work cut out for us.”