First-place Walsh routs Point Park women, 83-56
Jan. 21, 2010
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. - Walsh, the first place team in the American Mideast Conference, routed Point Park, 83-56, in a women's basketball game Thursday night at CCAC South Gymnasium.
Walsh (15-5 overall, 8-1) moved a half game in front of idle Cedarville (16-3, 7-1) for first place in the league by handing Point Park (9-7, 5-3) its most lopsided loss of the season.
The Cavaliers, who were the top team in the 'others receiving votes' section of this week's NAIA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll, won for the seventh time in a row.
Walsh steadily built its lead in the first half and was up by 17, 39-22, with 2:14 before halftime. A 9-0 Point Park run made it an eight-point game, 39-31, at the break. But Point Park's hopes for a comeback were smashed early in the second half as Walsh came out of the locker room on a 14-2 run for a 53-33 lead with 16:12 to.
The Pioneers managed a 10-4 run to trim the margin to 57-43 at the 11:09 mark, but they would get no closer. The final margin of 27 points was the biggest lead for the Cavaliers.
Oddly enough, Walsh won by 27 points and committed 27 turnovers. When the Cavaliers did get a shot, however, they connected on 64-percent accuracy (32 of 50) from the field.
Walsh, whose top four scorers are each 5-10 or taller, rarely attempted a two-point shot outside of 12 feet all night long. When they did settle for a long-range jumper, the Cavaliers were 5 of 11 from 3-point range (46 percent).
Walsh had more assists (25), than Point Park had field goals (23). The Pioneers shot 12-32 from the field the first half, which was good for 38-percent shooting. Things got worse the final 20 minutes as Point Park connected on just 11 of 35 (31 percent) of its shots. On the night, the Pioneers were 5 of 25 from long range.
The Cavaliers dominated the boards, 45-22, and were 14 of 17 from the foul line.
Ashley Henderson (Greensburg/Greensburg Central Catholic) had a team-high 12 points for Point Park, which dipped to 5-3 in the AMC.
Point Park senior Marissa Reinhard (Plum/Plum) reached a milestone Thursday by reaching 500 career rebounds. The 6-0 senior forward grabbed three boards to give her exactly 500 for her four-year career.
Walsh's Jessie Miller, who was named the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Player of the Week Tuesday, led all scorers with 19 points. Teammate Katie Berry tallied 15 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists. Kayla Kovach added 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Point Park continues AMC play with two games this weekend. The Pioneers play host to Daemen on Saturday (2 p.m.) and visit Shawnee State on Sunday (2 p.m.) for a make-up game.