All In with Allison – Battle of the Best

Written By Allison Schubert, Sports Columnist

The women’s basketball team has found itself in a bit of a sticky situation with just two games left in River States Conference (RSC) play.

Currently, the Pioneers are 16-12 overall with a 6-8 RSC record. With the standings as they are now, that means Point Park has to win both of these next two games to clinch a spot in the postseason.

Though their current situation is less than ideal, the Pioneers have seen plenty of individual successes throughout the 2019-2020 season, some of which have resulted in friendly competition among teammates.

Earlier this season when Point Park traveled to Ohio Christian University on Jan. 18, junior guard Michelle Burns surpassed the 1,000-point milestone. With this, she became just the 16th player in program history to accomplish the feat.

That same week, freshman forward Taylor Rinn won RSC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors for the week of Jan. 13-19. That week, Rinn averaged a double-double (17.3 points per game, 12 rebounds per game) and shot 82-percent from the field.

So far, Rinn averages 13.8 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game on the season.

Just eleven days later on Jan. 30, senior guard Tyra James continued rewriting history when she went 3-for-3 beyond the arc to surpass April Austin as the program’s leading career 3-point scorer.

Prior to that game in Asbury, James and Austin were tied at the helm with 191 makes. James’ three on the night edged out Austin’s previous record, set from 2009-13.

(At the time of publication, James currently sits at 197 career treys.)

At this point, Burns should be used to having her name all over the record books, but she is not one to ever be satisfied.

Feb. 4 saw Burns making history yet again when she tied Austin’s record (set in 2009-10) for the most treys made in a single season with 65.

The very next game, Burns surpassed that record.

When Point Park traveled to Rio Grande, Burns made five more 3-pointers to continue extending the new record.

Enter freshman Taylor Kirschner.

That same game, Kirschner saw Burns’ five treys and raised her one, making six on the night for herself.

At the end of the match-up against the RedStorm, Burns had 71 from beyond the arc, but Kirschner sat very closely behind at 69.

This brings us to now, with Burns currently sitting at 73 treys and Kirschner eyeing up her competition with 70.

No matter what happens in the final two games of the season, it has certainly been one for the books, and it is not even over yet.

If Point Park versus the rest of the RSC was not good enough, we now have some friendly Burns versus Kirschner competition to look forward to as well.