November 9, 2012 - Daemen Looks To Jump Back In Win Column When Hosting Point Park On Saturday

AMHERST, NY - After a much-deserved week off, the Daemen College women's basketball team returns to the court Saturday when it hosts Park Point University at 3 p.m.

Daemen (6-1) was idle this week after opening the season with seven games in the span of 12 days. The Wildcats posted wins in their first six games, before suffering a 57-39 loss to a powerful Shawnee State University squad. Shawnee State entered the season ranked second nationally in the NAIA Division I preseason poll.

Daemen has scored 75 points or more in five of its seven games, and eclipsed the 100-point mark in a victory over Fleming College. Defensively, the Wildcats are holding their opponents to just 32-percent from the field and have forced 194 turnovers--an average of 28 per game.

Seniors Chelsea Andorka (Canton, OH/Notre Dame College), Ellie Allen (Amherst, NY/Sweet Home) and Monica Kosior (Grimsby, Ont./Canisius College) have paced the Wildcats thus far. Andorka has scored in double figures in all seven games and is averaging a team-high 16.3 points. She totaled 15 points, a career-high 12 rebounds, six assists and four steals in a double-overtime win over Ryerson last weekend and stands just 54 points shy of 1,000 for her career. She also ranks first on the team in assists (32), second in steals (24) and third in rebounding (6.9 rpg). Allen scored a season-high 21 points in the win over Ryerson and is averaging 12.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Kosior played 44 of a possible 50 minutes in the win over Ryerson, scored a career-high 24 points (including a buzzer-beating jumper at the end of regulation) and also grabbed 10 rebounds. She is averaging 10.3 points and leads the team in rebounding (9.1 rpg) and blocks (20).

Junior point guard Lindsay Stoddard (Limestone, NY/Allegany-Limestone) played 47 of a possible 50 minutes against Ryerson and totaled 14 points, four assists and five steals. She is contributing a steady 9.1 points and 4.4 assists. Senior Lia Zahn (Canandaigua, NY/Canandaigua) and freshman Raeann Stilwell (Cheektowaga, NY/St. Mary's of Lancaster) have provided instant offense off the bench. Zahn has made a team-high 13 three pointers and is averaging 7.6 points, while Stilwell is averaging 8.9 points with 10 three-pointers. Senior guard Samantha Stanfield (Brooklyn, NY/James Madison) recorded a double-double (14 pts, 12 rebs) in a win over Fanshawe and is averaging 6.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and a team-high 3.9 steals.

Point Park is listed among "others receiving votes" in the NAIA Division II preseason Top-25 poll. The Pioneers return two starters from last year's team that set a school record for wins (23), won the American Mideast Conference title and reached the national tournament for the first time ever. Point Park had just one double-digit scorer last year-returning point guard April Austin (10.8 ppg). The next top scorers returning are fellow starting guard Emily Schartner (8.6 ppg) and forward Katresa Savisky (7.7 ppg). Point Park featured a defense that ranked second nationally in points allowed per game (51.6) last year.

Point Park (2-0) opened the 2012-13 season this past Tuesday with an 86-82 win at Wilberforce University. Newcomer Ja'Nia McPhatter had 26 points to lead the way, while Schartner added 19 points and junior Teresa Davis put in 14. The Pioneers improved to 2-0 following a 70-42 win over Salem International in their home-opener Thursday night. Davis connected on 8-of-10 shots and totaled 22 points, 11 rebounds and four steals to lead the way. Schartner drained 13-of-14 free throws and netted 15 points, while Savisky added 12 points.

Daemen and Point Park are both former members of the now defunct NAIA American Mideast Conference. The teams have met 14 times in the past seven seasons and Daemen has prevailed in 12 of the past 14 meetings. The teams met three times last season, with Point Park coming away with the win twice. The teams split their two regular-season meetings, before Point Park posted a 60-48 victory in the AMC tournament championship game. Schartner led the way for Point Park with 19 points. Kosior and Allen had 14 and 13 points, respectively, for Daemen.


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