NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The IU Southeast women's basketball team hung on for a hard-fought 55-54 victory over Point Park on Saturday.
The Grenadiers (10-10, 5-5 RSC) led 53-50 with just over a minute to play before Ja'Nia McPhatter scored to cut the lead to one.
Annie Thomas and Maryssa Agurs each hit both double-bonus free throws to make the score 55-54 and then Thomas was fouled with 12.1 seconds left. Thomas could not convert on either free throw so Point Park had a chance to win the game. After a Pioneer timeout, Celina DiPetro was able to get her defender to bite on a pump fake, dribble in and get a wide-open look at the basket, but the shot rimmed out.
IU Southeast led 33-25 at halftime but was held to just eight points in the third quarter as Point Park surged ahead after a sluggish first half.
The Grenadiers made just five field goals in the second half but allowed Point Park to shoot 41 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes after shutting down the Pioneers in the first half on 9-of-34 shooting.
McPhatter scored her 1,000 career point in the third quarter and finished with nine points.
IU Southeast travels to Ohio Christian on Tuesday at 6 p.m.