Point Park Women’s Basketball Begins Road Trip With Win


Senior forward Natasha Moss scored seven points in a Point Park 94-78 win against Brescia. Photo courtesy Zachary Weiss

The receiving votes Point Park women’s basketball team won 94-78 against KIAC opponent Brescia Friday.

The Pioneers are now 10-2 in road contests. Also Point Park has won seven games in a row and its past four road contests.

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Leading the way for Point Park (18-2, 5-1 KIAC) was sophomore guard Kelly Johnson who scored 20 points. Junior guard Alexa Xenakis contributed 16 points and Kayla Kiriau added 11 points. This game marked the second time this season that all of the Pioneers scored.

“Any time you win on the road in conference play you’ve got to be happy,” coach Tony Grenek said. “We did a lot of subbing in the second half and nobody played over 25 minutes which is good because we play another tough game tomorrow. Everybody contributed and did a nice job, so it was nice to get a huge road win.”

Brescia (7-12, 1-5 KIAC) had five players reach double figures led by guard Haley Cook (16 points). The other four were guard Kelsey Kirkpatrick (15), guard Julie Whitfill (12), guard Darrian McNary (11) and guard Lauren Rodgers (10).

The Bearcats had 13 assists and 12 turnovers which makes them the first team since West Virginia Tech Feb. 16, 2013 to have more assists than turnovers.

Point Park opened the game on a 14-0 run and took a 57-34 halftime lead. The Pioneers shot 53.8 percent from the field in the first half which was the best mark since Jan. 14 when Point Park shot 65.6 percent from the field against Penn State Beaver.

Brescia attempted to comeback in the second half, however two players fouled out in the process. The Pioneer five consisted of reserves and the Bearcats cut the lead back down to 21 points before the starters came into the contest. Point Park never led by less than 16 points in the second half.


Up next for the Pioneers is the second game of its second KIAC road trip with the opponent being Midway. Midway defeated IU East 111-106 Thursday.

My take: It’s encouraging that everyone was able to score in this contest. With that said, the bench dropped the deficit a bit in the second half which was a shame. Grenek had to put his starters in, which he did not seem to want to do, but he did not have much choice. The first half effort was great to see. The team started on a great run and the energy on the court was matched on the bench. Midway made the KIAC semi-finals and has good shooters which will make tomorrow a good challenge for the Pioneers.

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