Point Park women return to NAIA DII Top 25 Poll at No. 25 this week
Feb. 4, 2014 at 9:45 p.m. ET
Head coach Tony Grenek and the Pioneers (23-2) are No. 25 in NAIA DII this week. Photo by Evan Schall.
By Zachary Weiss, Point Park Athletic Communications Student Assistant
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University women’s basketball team made its return to the NAIA Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll with a No. 25 ranking in the poll released Tuesday (Feb. 4).
The Pioneers are back in the rankings this week after being ranked just outside the Top 25 in the past two polls at No. 26 and tied for No. 26 and among the ‘others receiving votes’ teams. Considering the Pioneers are 23-2 overall and have the second most-wins in NAIA Division II in addition to the third-best winning percentage, head coach Tony Grenek was expecting a higher ranking.
“I think it’s very unfair that a 23-2 team that has the second-most wins in the country and the third-best winning percentage is only ranked No. 25,” Grenek said. “We just played 13 games in 30 days, played three games in less than 48 hours this past weekend, and the majority of our conference games are played on back to back days. I may sound like sour grapes, but I don’t like it when my players are getting treated unfairly at all levels when they sacrifice and bust their butts for me every day.”
Point Park has won its past six games with a 3-0 record each of the past two weeks. Its 23 wins are a program-high in the regular season and at 10-2 in the KIAC, are one win away from tying last season’s conference win total.
The Pioneers trail only consensus No. 1 St. Francis (Ind.) for most wins in NAIA Division II. The Cougars, who got all 14 first-place votes in Tuesday’s poll, are 24-0. Of the 24 teams ranked ahead of Point Park, 22 have a worse record than the Pioneers.
In regards to team rankings, Point Park is second in offensive rebounds per game with 18.75 and third in total rebounds per game at 48.08. The Pioneers have 113 blocks on the season, which good for sixth in NAIA D-II. They rank seventh in the country in steals per game (12.5) and total steals (300). In addition, Sam Weir is fifth in total blocks with 75 and seventh in blocks per game at 2.826.
Offensively, Point Park ranks 16th in the country in points per game at 80.95 ppg, and 18th in the nation in scoring margin at +12.75 ppg.
Fellow KIAC member Asbury (Ky.), which is in the ‘others receiving votes’ section of Tuesday’s rankings, lost to KIAC opponent Berea (Ky.), 73-56, on Tuesday dropping its record to 8-3 in conference and behind the Pioneers’ 10-2 mark.
Point Park has one game this week, which will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. against Indiana University Southeast. The Grenadiers are fifth in the KIAC with an overall record of 10-10 and conference record of 5-5.
The next NAIA DII Top 25 Poll will come out Feb. 11, 2014. Follow the Pioneers on Twitter @PointParkSports