Women begin season with tough competition

Written By Allison Schubert, Co-sports Editor

The women’s basketball team has played four games so far, but has yet to tally a win on the season.

They opened play at the Lawrence Tech (Michigan) Classic on Oct. 26 and 27. 

Their first opponent of the season was University of Michigan (UM) – Dearborn. Despite sophomore Michelle Burns and senior Kaitlyn Smith recording 15 points apiece, the Pioneers were unable to match UM – Dearborn and lost 72-51.

The day after their first loss, they played the hosting Lawrence Tech University, who is ranked No. 21 in the nation. Burns again scored 15 points and sophomore Carly Lutz recorded her first double-double with 11 points and ten rebounds. Like the day prior, the Pioneers were unable to match the offensive play of the Blue Devils, and they fell 70-56.

After the opening tournament, Point Park traveled to Pikeville, Kentucky. for a matchup against Pikeville University for its closest match thus far. Three starters tallied double digits in the game: Burns with 20, Smith with 11 and sophomore Ariana Sanders with ten.

The game came down to the last few possessions, but the Bears edged out the Pioneers 68-62 in the final minutes.

Point Park most recently played National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I Shawnee State University, who is ranked No. 2 in the nation.

Junior guard Tyra James ignited the court, shooting nine for 13 from the floor and was six-for-ten from beyond the arch, equalling 26 total points and adding six rebounds. Smith and Sanders added 14 and 13 points, respectively. 

Shawnee State was up 16 at half, but outshot Point Park 44-35 in the second half, topping the Pioneers 90-65.

Point Park will make its home debut on Thursday, hosting Ave Maria University before travelling to Indianapolis for a matchup against No. 14-ranked University of Saint Francis next Friday, Nov. 16.