Point Park women lose KIAC road game at Asbury for second straight loss
Feb. 15, 2014
Celina DiPietro scored a team-high 16 points in the loss at Asbury (Ky.). Photo by Evan Schall.
By Zachary Weiss, Point Park Athletic Communications Student Assistant
WILMORE, Ky. -- The Point Park University women's basketball team lost its second consecutive game falling 81-65 to KIAC opponent Asbury Saturday.
Five players scored in double figures for Asbury (21-6, 11-4 KIAC) led by Annissia Wood's 18 points. Ellie Steiner added 14 points on her senior day including four 3-pointers.
Celina DiPietro led Point Park (23-4, 10-4 KIAC) with 16 points and four assists while Sam Weir and Carly Forse added 14 and 13 points, respectively. The Pioneers were out rebounded 49-32, and Asbury took control in the second half by leading the scoring, 54-35.
"We're really struggling right now as a basketball team," head coach Tony Grenek said. "This is the second game in a row where three freshmen score over 50 percent of our points. I thought we came out with good energy in the first half, but we were not taking advantage of the turnovers we were causing. Teams are adjusting at halftime to our different styles of defenses, and when we came out in the second half, we were just flat. We had two unnecessary turnovers and the next thing you know, a three point lead turns into a four-point deficit."
Point Park was ahead, 30-27, at the half, but Asbury opened the second half on a 9-2 run for a 36-32 advantage. That started the Eagles on to their big second half, where they shot 61 percent from the field and 5 of 9 from long range.
Point Park went with a different starting lineup featuring DiPietro, Forse, Katresa Savisky, Haley Sauer and Teresa Davis and trailed, 7-0, to open the game. A couple minutes later, Grenek used a timeout trying to get his team to start attacking and grabbing rebounds.
Throughout the first half, Grenek rotated between that lineup and one that also had Kayla Kiriau, Carly Corcoran, Ashley Campbell, Alexa Xenakis and Sam Weir. A total of 14 players saw time for the Pioneers, and 10 players played at least seven minutes in the first half.
Point Park shook off deficits of 7-0 and 15-8 but managed to come back. Sam Weir’s layup gave the Pioneers a 23-21 lead, it's first of the game. Point Park all of a sudden had control and took a 30-27 lead at halftime.
But the second half was all Asbury as the Eagles put up 54 points and controlled the rebounding.
"We have a little lead and all of a sudden, the lead evaporates,” Grenek said. "We need to do different things defensively to get easy baskets. By the same token, you're giving up open looks, Asbury's a good team and is making the shots. We collapse, and they knock down the 3s, and if you're not scoring on the other end, you're just wasting possessions."
Asbury built a 10-point lead, 44-34, after starting the second half on a 17-4 run the first four minutes. Point Park did mount a surge to get within 48-44 with 13:08 left, but Asbury steadily built the lead, which got as high as 77-48 with 2:50 left.
The loss now drops Point Park from a tie for first place in the KIAC to solo third. It is a crowded race at the top of the conference with the top four teams separated by just 1.5 games. New KIAC leader Alice Lloyd (Ky.) (11-3 KIAC has won five conference games in a row. Asbury (11-4) is in second followed by Point Park (10-4) and a surging Indiana Southeast (10-5) teams that has won five in a row.
The Pioneers have a full slate of games next week starting with a game Tuesday at Carlow followed home games Friday and Saturday against Midway and Cincinnati Christian.
"I'm kind of looking forward to it because when you think about it, we're 23-4 but haven't won a game in two weeks," Grenek said. "We just need to regroup. We have to maintain our efforts and stability."
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