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Pioneers score 54 points in first half, 12 points in second half of loss

Jan. 16, 2010 

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- Despite starting the game with 12 made field goals in a row and scoring a season-high 54 points in the first half, the Point Park University women's basketball team was limited to just 12 second-half points in a 70-66 loss to Notre Dame (OH)  Saturday at CCAC-South Gymnasium.

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Point Park (8-6 overall, 4-2 AMC) led the American Mideast Conference game, 54-36, at halftime, but the Pioneers were held to 4 of 30 shooting (13.3 percent) the second half as Notre Dame (9-6, 5-2) outscored Point Park, 34-12, the final 20 minutes.

Point Park's high-scoring first half started at a record-setting pace. The Pioneers started the game by making 12 of 12 field goals, and they did not miss a shot from the floor the first 10 minutes. Point Park's 12 consecutive field goals included five 3-pointers without a miss.

The 12 straight field goals without a miss are believed to be a school record, although official records on that statistic are not available.

Point Park center Joncelyn Peterkin (West Mifflin/West Mifflin) scored inside at the 11:42 mark of the first half to register Point Park's 12th-straight made field goal to start the game. That bucket gave the Pioneers a 30-17 lead.

By halftime, the Pioneers held an 18-point lead on the strength of its 67-percent shooting (22 of 33) and its 18-9 rebounding advantage.

Junior Ashley Henderson (Greensburg/Greensburg Central Catholic) led Point Park with 16 points, and 13 of those came in the first half. The 5-10 guard was 5 of 6 from the field the opening 20 minutes.

Freshman point guard April Austin (Penn Hills/North Catholic) scored eight of her 13 points the first half, and senior guard/forward Brittney Wilson (West Mifflin/West Mifflin) had two of her 10 points after the intermission.

Sophomore forward Terrica Jones (West Mifflin/West Mifflin) finished with nine points and a team-high nine rebounds, but she did all of her scoring the first 20 minutes

For the game, Point Park ended up shooting 41 percent (26 of 63), but could not overcome the 4-for-30 performance in the second half.

Although the Pioneers made their first five 3-point attempts, they made just 4 of 19 the rest of the day. Point Park shot 9 of 24 (38 percent) from long range, but was just 1 of 10 the second half.

Despite shooting 52 percent and forcing 11 turnovers, Notre Dame found itself trailing by 18 at halftime. The Falcons shot 53 percent the second half, and they made 5 of 7 treys after the break.

Point Park led 60-44 with 14:59 remaining, but managed just six points the rest of the way. Notre Dame ended the game on a 26-6 run, and held the Pioneers to two field goals the last 15 minutes.

Even while struggling to score, Point Park still led 63-49 at the 10:35 mark on a 3-pointer by Austin.

Then Notre Dame reeled off 15 of the next 16 points to tie the game at 64-64 on a 3-pointer by Kealy McNally with 5:22 to go. McNally led all scorers with 20 points and made three treys.

Point Park went ahead, 66-64, on a jumper by Rachel Roddy (Greensburg/Greensburg Salem), but after that basket with 4:55 on the clock, the Pioneers would not score again.

With the score tied at 66-66, Notre Dame's Tracy Payne gave her team a 69-66 lead with a long-range jumper with 2:04 to.

Point Park called two timeouts in the final minute to set up a play. The first time, the Pioneers missed a 3-pointer, and the second time, Wilson misfired from the foul line. After a free throw by McNally, Henderson's trey at the buzzer was no good.

Notre Dame entered Saturday's game fresh off an upset of Shawnee State, the No. 4 team in NAIA Division II. The Falcons knocked off Shawnee State, 77-75, Thursday night. Shawnee State figures to drop in the rankings however, after losing its second game in a row, 64-61, at Walsh Friday.

Saturday's game was the start of a busy week at home for Point Park. The Pioneers play host to Roberts Wesleyan for Monday at 5:30 p.m., and they welcome Walsh Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Next weekend, Point Park plays Daemen at home (Saturday, 2 p.m.) and visits Shawnee State (Sunday, 2 p.m.).