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Rio Grande snaps Point Park's streak

Rio Grande snaps Point Park's win streak

Jan. 6, 2009

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – The Point Park women’s basketball team lost to Rio Grande, 78-66, Tuesday in an American Mideast Conference game.

The Pioneers (6-5) had their five-game winning streak snapped and fell to 0-2 in the AMC despite placing three starters in double figures.

Tuesday’s contest was Point Park’s first game in nearly a month due to the semester break. Point Park extended its season-long winning streak to five games with an 82-65 victory over Westminster Dec. 8. Before the break, the Pioneers had won six of seven games following an 0-3 start.

Ashley Henderson (Greensburg/Greensburg Central Catholic) and Terrica Jones (Pittsburgh/West Mifflin) led Point Park with 14 points apiece, and Ashleigh Hays (Pleasant Hills/Thomas Jefferson) chipped in 10 points.

Rio Grande (11-6) evened its AMC record at 1-1 after taking a 38-28 halftime lead. Leah Kendro made 4 of 8 3-pointers to pace the Red Storm with 19 points while teammate Sarah Drabinski tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The Red Storm were listed under the category of 'others receiving votes' in this week's NAIA Division II poll.

Point Park led 23-22 at the 5:44 mark of the first half before Rio Grande ended the first half on a 16-5 run.

Point Park cut the deficit to 41-38 with 16:58 remaining on Henderson’s jumper, but Rio Grande scored the next eight points to bump the lead back to double digits, 49-38, and take control of the game.

The Pioneers managed to get within four, 54-50, at the 10:16 mark after Hays hit a 3-pointer and Jones scored inside. But the Red Storm responded with another 8-0 run to put the game out of reach.

Rio Grande survived 24 turnovers, but led in rebounding, 48-32. The Red Storm shot 43 percent (26-for-61) from the field and limited Point Park to 36-percent shooting (24-for-67). The Pioneers shot 29 percent the first half.

Point Park visits Shawnee State (15-0 overall, 1-0 AMC) Wednesday in an AMC game at 4 p.m. Shawnee State is ranked No. 2 in NAIA Division II and was picked first in the AMC preseason coaches’ poll.