Alumni Update - Samantha Weir (Point Park)

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PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University freshman center Samantha Weir has been selected the KIAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Nov. 11-17. The 6-0 center from Ellwood City, Pa., and Riverside High School averaged 17.5 points. 14.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game in two games last week as Point Park (5-0) went 2-0.

Weir had two strong games, but none was bigger than her 21 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks in a 77-62 home win over NCAA Division II Daemen on Nov. 16. Weir was eight off the Point Park record for rebounds in a game and set a career high in points and rebounds.

That huge performance came one night after she totaled 13 points, nine rebounds and six blocks in just 17 minutes of action in a 73-52 home win over Penn State-Greater Allegheny Nov. 15. Weir started both games, and she has been in the starting lineup for the last three games.

Weir, who had 19 points and 11 rebounds in her first start of the year Nov. 9 at Mt. Vernon Nazarene, is averaging 12.4 ppg, 10.0 rpg and shooting 58% from the field.

Weir signed with NCAA Division II Seton Hill out of high school, but she did not play any games there as a freshman. She transferred to Point Park this year as a freshman with four years of eligibility left.



Girls Cross Country: Feature Athlete — Riverside’s Jessica Kelowski

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Name: Jessica Kelowski
School: Riverside
Grade: Senior
Sport: Cross Country

Background: Kelowski has a chance to make the state meet for the second year in a row in her senior season for the Panthers. Kelowski has had two strong meets at the Slippery Rock Invitational where she finished in 20th with a time of 22:00 and this past week at the MAC Championships where she finished in 24th with a time of 22:21. Kelowski also runs for the track team where she went to the state meet last year in the 400 meter run. She also sometimes runs the 200 and 800 meter dashes. Kelowski was also a member of the Panthers’ soccer team her freshman year before she got injured.

Riverside coach Joe Fisher: “She has a chance to go back to states. She is a good runner. She deserves it. She worked hard over the summer and she deserves to be recognized.”