Point Park defense turns up the heat on Carlow in 74-45 KIAC home win
Jan. 21, 2014
Freshman guard Celina DiPietro had 18 points in her second game back from injury. Photo by Evan Schall.
By Zachary Weiss, Point Park Athletic Communications Student Assistant
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- The Point Park University women’s basketball team used its defense to beat Carlow University, 74-45, in a KIAC home game on Tuesday at CCAC-South Gym. It was the 12th time in a row that Point Park beat Carlow.
In the victory, Point Park (18-2, 6-2 KIAC) allowed its fewest points of the season, and the 29.2-percent shooting by Carlow (8-9, 2-6 KIAC) was the lowest field-goal percentage allowed by the Pioneers this year.
Freshman guard Celina DiPietro, from Bishop Canevin High School, led the Pioneers with 18 points in her 17 minutes off the bench. She was 7 for 11 from the field, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range, in her second game back from a knee injury.
Freshman center Sam Weir added 12 points and nine rebounds as the only other Point Park player in double figures, although it was a balanced effort up and down the lineup. No starter played more than 18 minutes for Point Park.
Rachel Roscoe paced the Celtics with 14 points and 7 rebounds.
“We came out strong, because we knew we had to get this win,” DiPietro said. “We’re just focusing of the season one game at a time, so we can make it to the championship.”
Point Park earlier in the day Tuesday dropped out of the NAIA Division II Top 25 Poll for the first time in four weeks. The Pioneers, who went 2-1 last week, fell down from No. 21 to the ‘others receiving votes’ section and No. 26 overall. Point Park is just three votes shy of being in the poll at No. 25.
The Pioneers never trailed Carlow and enjoyed a 66-36 rebounding advantage. Point Park had 15 of its players see time, and 12 scored. The bench outscored the Celtics 46-4.
The Pioneers’ defense smothered Carlow, particularly in the first half, when it held the Celtics to 21-percent from the field (7 for 32) and forced 13 turnovers. Carlow ended up with 18 turnovers on the night and did not make a 3-point field goal in the game (0 for 7).
The Pioneers opened the game on an 11-4 run as Weir put in six points early on. Point Park went to its reserves early and often. In addition to DiPietro, Haley Sauer was a key factor with eight points on the night. The lead stretched into double digits when reserve forward Ashley Campbell made two free throws with 5:03 to play in the first half.
Point Park closed the half on a 17-2 in the final 6:25 of regulation to take a 39-18 lead at halftime.
The Pioneers enjoyed a 38-13 advantage in rebounds for the second half and were able to rest many their regulars while emptying the bench to pull even further away from Carlow. The lead reached as high as 36 points.
Point Park will play its second of three home games this week on Wednesday against Penn State Beaver with a 7 p.m. tip off. The Pioneers are 4-0 on the second day of back-to-back games and carry and 17-game, non-conference home winning streak into that one.
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