Women follow blowout win with heartbreak loss

Burns, Kirschner lead Pioneers to second victory of season, 2-4 overall

Written By Allison Schubert, Co-Sports Editor

Photo by Mallory Neil
Junior guard Michelle Burns faces a defender from Bryant & Stratton on Saturday night. The Pioneers lost 76-75.

The women’s basketball team found themselves on both sides of the spectrum this past week, winning one of its two games in blowout fashion before losing a heartbreaker in the home opener.

The women first traveled to McKeesport for a night game against Penn State – Greater Allegheny (PSUGA).

The Pioneers had five different players score double digits and the team as a whole scored over 100 points for the first time since Nov. 10, 2015.

Junior guard Michelle Burns and freshman guard Lexi Petit shared the team high scoring title with 12 points apiece. Senior guard Tyra James and freshman guard Sierra Seneta tallied ten apiece, and both had points contributed in the form of 3-pointers. Rounding out the double-digit scorers was junior guard Sierra Dawson, who also contributed ten.

Overall, Point Park shot 54-percent from the field and 47-percent from beyond the arc. The Pioneers’ bench contributed 72 points.

Point Park’s defense limited PSUGA to just 24-percent shooting overall and forced 24 turnovers.

The Pioneers’ dominant rounded play resulted in a 105-59 win over PSUGA.

Photo by Mallory Neil
Senior Tyra James dribbles the ball up the court to set up a play.

After playing its first five games on the road, the women’s team finally played its home opener, hosting Bryant & Stratton on Saturday night.

The undefeated Bobcats led in scoring for the first three quarters before Point Park’s freshman guard Taylor Kirschner lit it up in the fourth quarter.

Kirschner had just three points in the first 30 minutes, but she scored 14 points in the final ten that led to the late push by the Pioneers.

Freshman guard Taylor Rinn contributed 16 points and finished her double-double with a team-high 11 rebounds.

Petit added 15 points and James also tallied eight points.

Despite the offensive effort, Point Park fell to Bryant & Stratton 76-75.

The Pioneers are back on the road for their next four games against Washington Adventist, Penn State – York, Bryant & Stratton – Rochester, and conference opponent Carlow before coming back to the CCAC – Allegheny gym for their second home game against Washington Adventist.