Point Park women snap two-game skid, smother Carlow in 68-53 win
Feb. 18, 2014
Junior guard Haley Sauer had nine points, four assists and four steals in the win at Carlow. Photo by Evan Schall.
By Zachary Weiss, Point Park Athletic Communications Student Assistant
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University women’s basketball team outscored KIAC opponent Carlow, 35-16, in the second half Tuesday en route to a 68-53 victory.
Point Park (24-4, 11-4 KIAC) held Carlow to just six baskets and 18-percent shooting in the second half and forced 17 turnovers on the night. In addition, the Pioneers outrebounded Carlow 29-13 in the second half and 45-30 for the game.
Point Park freshman center Sam Weir, from Ellwood City, Pa., and Riverside High School, led all players with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. Junior guard Haley Sauer added nine points, four assists and four steals off the bench.
Carlow (10-16, 3-12) was led by Lynsi Mueller’s 13 points and eight rebounds while Erin DiSanti added 12 points, six rebounds and five assists.
The victory clinched Point Park a KIAC Tournament first round home game Feb. 25 with a time TBA. The victory also ended a two-game losing streak for the Pioneers, the first for the team in 13 months dating back to Jan. 4-5, 2013.
It was the 13th consecutive win for Point Park over crosstown rival Carlow, although Carlow was in control of the first half leading by as many as eight points on a few occasions.
Much like its previous game against Asbury, Point Park started slowly trailing Carlow 9-2 and 12-5 early on. Point Park head coach Tony Grenek then placed a new five out on the floor, and his team got back into the game.
Both Carly Corcoran and Celina DiPietro made 3-point shots with Corcoran’s giving the Pioneers the lead at 15-14. Ashley Campbell’s first half offensive presence helped keep Point Park in the game as she scored all eight of her points in the opening 20 minutes.
The Pioneers however were unable to sustain anything offensively and missed several open lay-ups. Carlow capitalized and took a 37-33 lead into the half.
At the start of the second half, Carlow was holding on to a 40-37 lead, however Point Park countered with a 20-2 run that spanned 8:06 of game action to lead 57-42 with under nine minutes remaining.
The Pioneers maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the game to remain in third place in the KIAC standings and stay within a game of the conference lead.
First-place Alice Lloyd (Ky.) (12-3 KIAC) is still 1.0 game ahead of Point Park after an 85-83 win at Berea on Tuesday. Second-place Asbury (Ky.) (12-4 KIAC) won at Cincinnati Christian, 91-87, on Tuesday to stay one half game ahead of Point Park.
At 24-4 overall, Point Park is still among the NAIA Division II wins leaders although it has dropped out of the NAIA DII Top 25 Poll. In the rankings released Tuesday (Feb. 18), the Pioneers are in the 'others receiving votes' second for the second week in a row and this time come in at No. 29 overall.
Point Park will host Midway Friday at 5:30 p.m. Seniors Anna-Maria Boshkova, Ashley Campbell, Teresa Davis, Katresa Savisky and Anna Shaw will be recognized prior to the game.
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