Point Park women improve to 5-0 for first time with 77-62 win over old rival Daemen
Nov. 16, 2013 at 10:00 p.m. ET
Samantha Weir (33) goes up for two of her 21 points, and she also had 20 rebounds Saturday. Photo by Evan Schall.
By Zachary Weiss, Point Park Athletic Communications Student Assistant
In a matchup of former AMC rivals, the Point Park University women’s basketball team came away with a 77-62 victory Saturday against Daemen College at CCAC-South Gym.
Point Park is now 5-0 for the first time in program history and never trailed in the victory versus old rival Daemen (2-2)
Leading the way for the third consecutive game was freshman center Samantha Weir, who had a monster game with 21 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks. Fellow freshman post player Carly Forse added 12 points and 10 rebounds while Kayla Kiriau had seven points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Lindsay Stoddard led Daemen with 19 points.
The key to this game was rebounding, and the Pioneers dominated the boards, 66-46. Point Park’s had 30 offensive rebounds which led to 26 second chance points.
“It’s good that we’re getting on the boards,” Forse said. “That’s something we haven’t been doing in the past games, so it really helped today for us to get the rebounds and push it up the floor more.”
Point Park set the tempo early in the first half scoring the first 10 points of the game. During this stretch, Teresa Davis scored six of her 11 points.
Daemen cut the lead to 16-12 with 12:06 remaining in the first half, but in just under four minutes, Point Park went on a 14-4 run capped off by an Alexis Lyers 3-point shot to force a Wildcats timeout.
The Pioneers have had their troubles from the free throw line, but they made 9 of 11 foul shots the first 20 minutes in helping them stake out to a 44-31 lead at the break.
Weir, a 6-0 center from Ellwood City, Pa., and Riverside High School, had 14 points and nine rebounds by halftime. For the day, she was 6 of 12 from the field and 11 of her 20 rebounds came on the offensive end. Weir was eight away from tying the Point Park single-game record for rebounds of 28 set by Michelle McMorris in 1992.
With a double-digit lead for much of the game, head coach Tony Grenek was able to use various reserves and a total of 13 players saw playing time with 11 of them scoring.
In the second half, Point Park opened with a 9-2 run culminated by an Alexa Xenakis 3-pointer to make the score 53-33 with 16:59 left. The lead was never threatened until the later stages of the half.
With Point Park up 67-50 with 6:31 remaining, Daemen went on a 9-1 run capped off by a Leah McDonell 3-pointer. The Pioneers responded when freshman guard Celina DiPietro hit a trey of her own to bring the lead back to double digits with just over 4:00 left.
DiPietro ended up with five points and a team-high seven assists. Xenakis chipped in seven points and five rebounds.
Point Park and Daemen each started three freshmen as the former AMC rivals have had some new players on each side. Point Park beat Daemen in the 2011-12 AMC Tournament Finals, 60-48, the last night the teams competed as conference opponents.
Daemen is now in candidacy year two of its NCAA Division II process and is a member of the East Coast Conference.
Point Park will next face Penn State University Fayette Tuesday at CCAC South. Game time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
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