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Point Park women move up three spots to No. 18 in NAIA Division II Top 25 Poll

Jan. 7, 2014 at 8:15 p.m.

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Freshman forward Carly Forse and the Pioneers (14-0) have their highest ranking ever. Photo by Evan Schall.

NAIA DII TOP 25 (JAN. 7)

 

By Zachary Weiss Athletic Communications Student Assistant

PITTSBURGH – Point Park University moved up three spots to No. 18 in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 poll released Tuesday (Jan. 7). It is the highest ranking ever for the Pioneers, who are 14-0 overall and 4-0 KIAC.

It was the first poll of the 2014 calendar year and the first rankings to come out since Dec. 10. Point Park is one of three remaining unbeaten teams in NAIA Division II joining No. 1 St. Francis (Ind.) (16-0) and No. 2 Northwestern (Iowa) (15-0).

“The ranking is nice, but our goal is to make it to the national tournament,” Pioneers head coach Tony Grenek said. “We are still taking each game one at a time and trying to play the best that we can.”

Point Park was ranked No. 21 in the last poll that came out on Dec. 10. That had tied for the highest ranking in program history, which the Pioneers also achieved the week before the 2011-12 NAIA DII national tournament.

Point Park continues to rank highly in various NAIA Division II statistics. It is second in offensive rebounds per game (18.4), third in total rebounds per game (48.9), fifth in blocks per game (5.3), sixth in total blocks (74), eighth in field goal defense (34.7 percent) and steals per game (12.571) and 13th in defensive rebounds per game (30.571).

Offensively, the Pioneers are 15th in scoring margin (+13.4), 17th in scoring offense (80.6) -- which is 14.9 points higher than last season -- and 17th in turnover margin (4.6).

Point Park has an opportunity to move to 15-0 Friday when it takes to the road to face Berea. A match-up at KIAC preseason co-favorite Alice Lloyd (Ky.) is set for Saturday.

The next NAIA DII Top 25 Poll will come out Jan. 14, 2014. Point Park has been rated in each of the last three polls. The Pioneers have moved up three spots in each successive poll. They broke in at No. 24 on Dec. 3 and then moved up to No. 21 on Dec. 10. There were no polls from Dec. 10 to Jan. 7.

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