Pioneers pull away from Celtics in fourth quarter

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The Carlow women’s basketball team came up just short in a crosstown rivalry battle with River States Conference foe Point Park, on Monday, at CCAC South. The Pioneers earned a 67-53 victory, though the contest was close till the final frame.

Point Park (13-1) pulled away in the fourth quarter, when they outscored Carlow, 25-12, by making 4-of-5 from 3-point range. The victory extended Point Park’s win streak to 11 games.

Both teams are ranked in the top 10 in NAIA Division II in scoring defense per game – Point Park at No. 1 and Carlow at No. 6 – and the contest lived up to that billing.

The Celtics led, 13-9, after one quarter, and the game was tied at 25 at halftime. Point Park held a 42-41 lead at the end of the third.

Carlow outrebounded Point Park, 46-38, while the Pioneers had the advantage in the turnover margin, making 15 and forcing Carlow into 29.

The Celtics (5-4/0-3) were led by Emma Stille (FR/Columbus, Ohio) and Mariah Evans (FR/Beaver Falls, Pa.). Stille posted 10 points and eight rebounds, and Evans added seven points and 11 rebounds. Leah Goodwin (SO/Cincinnati, Ohio) contributed five assists.

For Point Park, Maryssa Agurs scored 20 points, Ja’Nia McPhatter had 19 points and nine rebounds and Baylee Buleca grabbed 11 rebounds.

The Celtics close the 2016 year with two non-conference matchups – Alfred State (NY), on Saturday, and Lourdes, on December 20.

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