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Wilson, Pioneers shoot past Houghton

Wilson, Pioneers shoot past Houghton (N.Y.)

Feb. 7, 2009

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. – Brittney Wilson scored a season-high 20 points Saturday to lead Point Park to a 63-51 victory over Houghton (N.Y.) in an American Mideast Conference women’s basketball game at CCAC South Gymnasium.

Wilson (Pittsburgh/West Mifflin) was 4-for-8 from 3-point range, and the junior guard/forward (below, right) finished two points shy of her career high. She scored 13 points the first half to help the Pioneers (10-10 overall, 4-7 AMC) forge a 27-27 tie at the break.

Saturday's win marked the second victory in as many days for the Pioneers, who defeated Roberts Wesleyan, 73-51, Friday in an AMC game.

The Pioneers led 8-2 at the 15:08 mark before falling behind 19-14 with 5:33 left in the first half. Then Wilson nailed three treys to put Point Park ahead, 25-24, with 2:09 before halftime.

Phylicia Swain (Pittsburgh/West Mifflin) totaled season highs of 14 points and 10 rebounds to record her third-career double-double. The 6-0, junior forward had eight points, eight rebounds and all three of her blocks in the first half. Swain scored two inside baskets at the start of the second as the Pioneers led, 31-29.

Heather Swedish (Sewickley/Avonworth) scored 10 points and nailed a pair of 3-pointers. With Point Park ahead 35-34 at the 14:59 mark, Swedish hit a 3-pointer to start a 15-2 run that gave the Pioneers a 50-36 lead with 9:24 left.
The key second-half run was highlighted by 3-pointers from Ashley Henderson (Greensburg/Greensburg Central Catholic) and Wilson. Henderson had eight points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Houghton (8-12, 2-7) used its pressing defense to get two straight turnovers as the Highlanders got within 52-44 with 3:58 left. But Swedish answered with a 3-pointer and Henderson’s layup helped the Pioneer regain a double-digit lead, 57-44, less than a minute later.

The Pioneers maintained at least an eight-point lead the rest of the way. Leah French had 11 points and seven rebounds for Houghton, and her jumper made it 57-49 with 49 seconds remaining. Ashley Dupler led the Highlanders with 13 points.

Point Park shot 34 percent (23-for-67) from the field and led in rebounding, 45-40. The Pioneers forced 21 turnovers and committed 13.

Point Park has four AMC games left on its schedule and five overall. The Pioneers still have an outside shot at reaching the eighth-and-final league playoff spot, but will need to make up ground in the standings.

Point Park visits Wilberforce and Cedarville Friday and Saturday for a pair of AMC games before finishing up the conference schedule Feb. 20-21 at home versus Ohio Dominican and Mt. Vernon Nazarene.