Despite a dominating performance from Emma Stille, the Carlow women’s basketball team was edged by Point Park, 61-56, on the road Tuesday, Dec. 5.
Stille, a sophomore forward from Columbus, Ohio, poured in a career-high 33 points and grabbed a career-high 22 rebounds, breaking her previous records of 30 points and 21 boards set in her freshman campaign.
She shot 14-of-19 from the field (73.6 percent) against the Pioneers (6-4/1-2), who earned their first River States Conference win of the season.
The game was tight the whole way. The Pioneers led by 10 points early in the first quarter, but the Celtics (1-5/0-3/1-1) came back to trail, 19-18, at the end of the frame. Carlow was down, 33-29, at the half and, 48-46, at the end of the third quarter.
With 23 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Ashlyn Jonczak (FR/Natrona Heights, Pa.) hit a pair of Carlow free throws to tie the game, at 46, for the first time in the second half. Stille tied it again, at 48, at the 8:54 mark in the fourth quarter.
The Celtics trailed by just one point, 53-52, under three minutes to play, but made two costly turnovers that put Point Park in control. Maryssa Agurs, who led the Pioneers with 14 points, made a steal and a basket on the first one and dished an assist to Kaitlyn Smith on the second. Point Park took a 57-52 lead and held on till the end of the game.
The Celtics out-rebounded Point Park, 45-38. They also won the turnover battle, 14-13.
However, they struggled shooting the ball, especially from the 3-point line, where they made just 2-of-20 (10 percent) shots. They shot 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from the foul line and 33.3 percent (22-of-66) from the field.
The Pioneers faired better, but not by much. They shot 39 percent (23-of-59) from the field, 16 percent (4-of-25) from 3, and 73.3 percent (11-of-15) from the foul line.
Smith and Michelle Burns each added 11 points for Point Park. Burns also had eight rebounds and five assists. Sam Weir had eight rebounds and five blocks. Baylee Buleca had eight rebounds and four steals.
Kayla Brownlee (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) led the Celtics in assists, with four, and steals, with two.
Carlow next plays Friday, Dec. 8, at USCAA opponent Alfred State University.Carlow next plays Friday, Dec. 8, at USCAA opponent Alfred State University.