Women’s basketball improves to 12-8; Burns reaches 1,000


Photo by Jared Murphy

Point Park’s Women’s Basketball team defeats the University of Valley Forge 97-60 on January 19, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Murphy/WESA)

Written By Allison Schubert, Co-Sports Editor

Michelle Burns entered last week’s games needing 31 points to cap off the 1,000-point milestone of her college career.

Last Tuesday, Burns had her first chance to chip away at those remaining points with a home River States Conference (RSC) match against IU East.

The Pioneers came out ready to get another conference win and help Burns reach that milestone in what was their highest point total from any National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) competition this season.

Junior Taylor Rinn and Burns combined for 50 of Point Park’s eventual 85 points, scoring 25 points apiece.

The Red Wolves combined to score only nine more points than the Rinn-Burns duo, giving the Pioneers their fifth win in a row.

Rinn grabbed 16 boards to add to her 25 points, giving her eight double-doubles in the past 12 games.

Freshman Lexi Petit was the third and final Pioneer to reach double digits on the scorecard, sinking 11 points.

Point Park defense held the Red Wolves to just 33-percent shooting, limiting their two top scorers to a combined 4-for-18 from the field.

With another win under their belt, and Burns just six points away from 1,000, the Pioneers traveled to Circleville, Ohio for another RSC matchup against Ohio Christian University (OCU).

The anticipation of Burns’ record-breaking points was limited. She scored Point Park’s first seven points of the game in just four possessions, giving the Pioneers a quick 7-5 lead and putting her over 1,000 points in her career.

Burns’ effort did not stop once the milestone was achieved, as she continued her scoring efforts to a game-high 22 points.

Three Pioneer starters reached double digits, but it was not enough to keep up with OCU’s No. 3-ranked scoring offense in the country, averaging 90.2 points per game.

Point Park’s five-game win streak was snapped with an 84-74 loss to the Trailblazers.

Rinn reached another double-double with 14 points and just as many rebounds, freshman Taylor Kirschner tallied 12 points, and senior Baylie Mook and freshman Sierra Seneta each contributed eight.

The Pioneers shot 42-percent in the first half, but dropped to just 30-percent in the second half compared to OCU’s 44-percent average for the game.

Point Park bounced back from that loss to put up 97 points against non-conference opponent University of Valley Forge (UVF) at home on Sunday.

The Pioneers had 13 different athletes contribute to their offensive effort in an overall 58-percent shooting average.

Burns was recognized on her home court after the UVF game for her 1,000-point achievement.

The Pioneers have almost an entire week off before hosting RSC opponent Brescia at home on Friday and IU Southeast on Sunday.