Wilson scores 28 points in loss to No. 11 Cedarville
Dec. 30, 2009
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Despite a season-high 28 points from senior Brittney Wilson, the Point Park University women's basketball team lost to Cedarville, 83-64, on the second day of the Northwood (Fla.) Classic Wednesday.
Wilson (West Mifflin/West Mifflin) scored 20 points in the second half, but it wasn't enough to keep pace with the No. 11 team in NAIA Division II as Cedarville shot 59 percent in the second half on its way to the victory.
Cedarville (11-3) led 38-23 at halftime and led by as many as 24 on two occasions in the second half. Thanks in large part to Wilson's strong play, Point Park (7-4) was able to whittle the lead down to 13 twice in the last 12 minutes, but the Pioneers would get no closer.
Point Park was saddled with its second loss in as many days, and each loss was to a ranked team. The Pioneers were within one possession of No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan in the final minute of Tuesday's game, but ended up losing, 64-59, on the first day of the event hosted by Northwood University.
Cedarville is an American Mideast Conference member, and the two teams will meet again for an AMC game Jan. 30 at Point Park. The Yellow Jackets have been to the NAIA Division II tournament six of the last seven years and are 8-0 all time versus the Pioneers.
Wilson, a 5-9 guard/forward, was four points shy of matching her career high, and she also grabbed seven rebounds. Wilson made 9 of 19 field goals and was 4 of 8 from 3-point range. In the second half, she was 6 of 12 from the floor and was 6 of 6 from the foul line.
Wilson scored 13 points on Tuesday and was one of five players named to the all-tournament team.
Wilson's career high of 32 points came versus Alice Lloyd on Nov. 17, 2006, which was during her freshman year. Earlier this year she surpassed the 1,000-career-point milestone, and she also has more than 500 career rebounds.
Sophomore center Joncelyn Peterkin (West Mifflin/West Mifflin) had season-highs of 11 points and seven rebounds. Freshman point guard April Austin (Penn Hills/North Catholic) added 11 points to give the Pioneers three players in double figures.
Point Park shot 29 percent (18 of 63) from the field, which included an 11-for-40 performance in the second half. The Pioneers registered a season-low shooting percentage for the second straight day. The previous low of 32 percent came in Tuesday's loss.
Cedarville, on the other hand, connected on 53 percent (28 of 53) of its field goals, which included 59-percent (13 of 22) shooting during the second half.
Each team had 40 rebounds, and 19 of Point Park's boards were on the offensive end. Cedarville had 25 turnovers, which was three more than Point Park.
Wilson hit a 3-pointer at the 12:05 mark of the first half to put Point Park ahead, 16-14. But Cedarville's Rachel Hurley responded with a trey on the other end to start a 21-5 run and give the Yellow Jackets the lead for good. The 19-5 spurt lasted nine minutes and when it was over, Cedarville led 35-21 with 3:05 left in the half.
After taking a 38-23 lead at the break, Cedarville stretched the lead to 20 points, 49-29, with 16:04 to play. Although Wilson's 3-pointer got the Pioneers within 52-39 four minutes later, the Yellow Jackets quickly bumped the lead to 68-44 four minutes after that.
Point Park would get no closer than 75-62 with 2:50 remaining.
Lydia Miller had 17 points and nine rebounds for Cedarville. Teammate Aubrey Siemon posted 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Hurley scored 14 points on 4 of 5 shooting from long range. Kara Cayton came off the bench to score 10 points, all in the second half.
Cedarville led 26-4 in bench points, and the Point Park bench was 0 of 9 from the floor.
After the New Year, Point Park will play its third-straight ranked opponent when it travels to No. 4 Shawnee State Jan. 9. The Pioneers are off to a 3-0 start in the AMC, and they have 16 conference games remaining.