Last Second Free Throw Costs Asbury KIAC Win
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. - Point Park's Kayla Kiriau hit one of two of her free throws inside one second remaining, and a last second three attempt from the Eagles was off the mark as the Eagles lost for the first time in 11 tries.
After heading into the break down five the Eagles turned the tables in the second half, but some hot shooting from the hosts down the stretch turned the tides yet again as the Eagles dropped the contest 79-78.
In what may have been a preview of a game that could possible be a precursor to a late KIAC tournament game, the fans in attendance got what they were looking for.
The Eagles and Pioneers played an up-and-down, back-and-forth style game that, in the end, could have gone either way. With just seconds remaining, the Pioneers went up for a layup that was collected by the Eagles' Sam Burr. Burr, a senior forward, was then whistled for an offensive foul in the backcourt. Kiriau went to the line with the score all knotted up at 78 and hit one of two to pull ahead by one.
The Eagles quickly called a timeout to get out the whiteboard for a last ditch effort. Kylee Gorby's three at the buzzer was just off the mark, giving the hosts the win. Asbury's KIAC record dropped to 7-2 while Point Park improved their record to 7-2 with both teams heading into the second half of the KIAC conference schedule.
Kylee Gorby led the Eagles with 23 points, tying the 23 from Kiriau for a game high. Annissiai Wood pitched in 18 points, followed by Sarah Sticklen's 13. The Eagles' leading scorer for the season, Ellie Steiner, was held in check through 28 minutes of play with just two points.
Point Park's secured the late victory despite poor shooting and rebounding in the second half. Asbury came up big on the offensive glass with 20 offensive rebounds but couldn't find that winning formula.
Ultimately the Eagles dropped just their fourth decision on the year and fall to 16-4. The Pioneers improved to an astounding 20-2 on the season. Both teams received top 25 votes in the latest NAIA polls.
The Eagles will return to the hardwood when they travel to face Midway on Tuesday night. Game time is set for 7 p.m.