No. 3 Cedarville outlast Point Park, 51-47, in AMC game
Jan. 30, 2010
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. - After a rugged game in which neither team shot above 28 percent from the field, NAIA Division II No. 3 Cedarville had just enough to hang on for a 51-47 victory over Point Park in an American Mideast Conference women's basketball game at CCAC South Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.
Cedarville (20-3, 11-1 AMC) won for the 12th consecutive time and needed a key offensive rebound and an inside basket by Alison Lemon with 17 seconds to play to hold off upset-minded Point Park (11-10, 7-6).
Guarding a 49-47 lead, Cedarville missed a 3-pointer with 45 seconds to go, but Caitlyn Brooks pulled down the Yellow Jackets' 26th offensive rebound of the game to retain possession. After a timeout, Cedarville worked the clock down to 17 seconds, and that's when Lemon's layup gave the Yellow Jackets the four-point cushion.
Point Park, which dropped to 0-4 this year versus ranked opponents, missed two jumpers on its ensuing possession before the clock expired.
The final two minutes had plenty of drama in a game that was otherwise lackluster, at least as far as shooting was concerned.
Cedarville shot 27.4 percent from the field (20 of 73), which was only slightly better than Point Park's 24.6-percent shooting (17 of 69). Cedarville was 3 of 24 (13 percent) from 3-point range while Point Park was 5 of 25 (20 percent) from beyond the arc.
In a game filled with missed shots, Cedarville held a 60-49 edge on the boards and grabbed 26 offensive rebounds.
Point Park's Ashley Henderson (Greensburg/Greensburg Central Catholic) led all scorers with 19 points, and the 5-10 junior guard posted her second double-double of the season with 11 rebounds.
Henderson made 7 of 15 field goals, and the only other player for either team to shoot better than 40 percent was teammate Kristen Veseleny (Pleasant Hills/Thomas Jefferson), who had 11 points on 4 of 7 from the field. The sophomore Veseleny (pictured) also tied a season high with six rebounds.
Besides Henderson and Veseleny, who combined to shoot 11 of 22 from the floor, the rest of the Point Park team was just 6 of 48 (13 percent) shooting.
Lemon led the Yellow Jackets with 16 points, and none were bigger than the four she scored in the final two minutes. After Veseleny scored inside to cut the Cedarville lead to 45-42, Lemon connected at the other end to bump the lead to 47-42.
Henderson then hit a clutch 3-pointer with 1:59 on the clock to trim the lead to 47-45. Cedarville took a 49-45 lead when Lemon found Rachel Hurley for a jumper, but on its next possession, Point Park once again cut the lead to two points on a driving layup by Marissa Reinhard (Plum/Plum) with 1:12 to go.
Although Cedarville missed a 3-pointer at the other end, Brooks' offensive rebound extended the possession long enough for Lemon to stretch the lead to four points.
Point Park started the game on a 2-for-16 shooting slump as Cedarville jumped out to a 14-5 lead after 9:42. But Henderson provided the Pioneers with a boost by scoring eight points during a 9-0 Point Park run that tied the game at 14-14 at the 5:45 mark.
Three minutes later, Point Park had its first lead, 22-21, after a 3-pointer by Heather Swedish (Sewickley/Avonworth) and a layup by Veseleny.
Cedarville went on to take a 27-22 lead at the break after scoring the final six points of the first half. The Yellow Jackets were still ahead by nine, 38-29, with 14:45 left before Point Park began to claw back.
A 3-point play by Rachel Roddy (Greesnburg/Greensburg Salem) and a basket on the interior by Henderson cut the lead to 43-40 with 7:41 remaining. But Point Park missed its next eight shots and still found itself trailing 45-42 after a putback layin by Vesleney with 3:44 to go.
The 24.6 percent shooting by Point Park set a season low for field-goal percentage. The previous low was 28.6 percent in an 83-64 loss to Cedarville on Dec. 30 in the second game of the Northwood (Fla.) Classic. Cedarville was ranked No. 11 at that time, but has since vaulted up to No. 3 with its current, 12-game winning streak.
The Yellow Jackets are in first place in the AMC at 11-1. Point Park dropped to 7-6 in league play, and on Saturday the Pioneers finished up a busy stretch of playing eight conference games in 14 days. Point Park was 3-5 in that stretch, which started Jan. 16.
The Pioneers will have some time off before their AMC road game at Mt. Vernon Nazarene Thursday (5:30 p.m.). Point Park is off next weekend, and its visits Daemen Feb. 9.
Pictured above: Point Park's Kristen Veseleny went up strong during a game earlier this year at Carlow. Photo by Jack Megaw.