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Pioneers lose at Cedarville

Cedarville makes 29 free throws in win over Point Park

Feb. 14, 2009

CEDARVILLE, Ohio. – The Point Park women’s basketball team lost to Cedarville, 68-60, Saturday in an American Mideast Conference game, and the 18th-ranked Yellow Jackets put the game away down the stretch thanks in part to making 29 of 39 free throws on the night.

Point Park (10-12 overall, 4-9 AMC) built a 48-42 lead with 12:14 to play on a 3-pointer by Ashley Henderson (Greensburg/Greensburg Central Catholic). The Pioneers built the six-point lead after completing an 18-2 run that lasted over seven minutes.

But Cedarville responded with a key 16-3 run to lead, 58-51, with 6:32 remaining. And although Cedarville (18-7, 9-3) did not register a field goal the rest of the game, the Yellow Jackets converted 10 free throws during that span to keep Point Park at bay.

Cedarville, which climbed to No. 18 in the NAIA Division II poll Monday, was held to 27-percent (18-for-66) shooting from the field, but outscored Point Park by 19 points at the free-throw line. Point Park was 10-for-13 from the line, and the Pioneers’ field goal percentage defense Saturday marked the lowest figure in any of their conference games this year.

The Pioneers held Cedarville to 7-for-27 (26 percent) from the field the second half, but could not overcome their turnovers and the Yellow Jackets’ free throws. Point Park committed 14 of their 24 turnovers the second half.
Point Park committed 24 turnovers versus Cedarville for the second time this year. The Pioneers lost to Cedarville, 85-71, Nov. 14 in the first round of the Cedarville Classic after turning it over 24 times.

Cedarville’s Aubrey Siemon led all players with 20 points and 17 rebounds. The 6-1, sophomore center was 14-for-15 from the free-throw line, and she totaled 13 points and nine rebounds in the first half to help the Yellow Jackets to a 38-30 lead at the break.

Allison Lemon, who had 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Cedarville, tallied 11 points in the first half. Lydia Miller and Caitlyn Mauch added 10 points apiece off the bench.
Henderson paced Point Park with 19 points, and the sophomore guard had 13 points at intermission. Henderson was 7 of 13 from the field and 3-for-5 from 3-point range.

Point Park’s Katy Auth (Bellevue/Northgate) came off the bench to score 10 points. Auth returned to action Friday versus Wilberforce after missing the previous four games with an ankle injury.

The Pioneers shot 34 percent from the field (22-for-64) and made 6 of 18 3-pointers. Cedarville was 3-for-24 (13 percent) from long range and missed its last 10 3-point attempts. The Yellow Jackets held a 55-43 advantage in rebounds.

Siemon scored inside to give Cedarville a 19-11 lead with 10:57 left in the first half. Point Park then mounted a 10-2 run to tie it at 21-21 at the 5:27 mark. The Pioneers led 25-24 on a jumper by Auth with 3:29 to go before the Yellow Jackets took an eight-point lead at the break, 38-30.

After falling behind by 10, 40-30, at the start of the second half, the Pioneers scored the next nine points to cut the deficit to one with 15:42 left. The 9-0 spurt was highlighted by 3-pointers from Auth and Brittney Wilson (Pittsburgh/West Mifflin).

But the Point Park run didn’t end there. When Henderson nailed a trey at the 12:14 mark, the Pioneers completed a 18-2 run to lead, 48-42. But Cedarville took control by scoring 16 of the next 19 points over a six-minute stretch. Point Park’s only points during that span came on a 3-pointer by Henderson, which gave the Pioneers a 51-46 lead with 10:14 to play.

Cedarville led by as many as 13, 65-52, with 1:26 left, and Point Park got within seven, 67-60, with 17 seconds left on a free throw by Marissa Reinhard (Plum/Plum). Reinhard chipped in seven points and eight rebounds for Point Park, and Ashleigh Hays (Pleasant Hills/Thomas Jefferson) added eight points and nine rebounds.
Point Park travels to Penn State-Fayette Wednesday for a non-conference game (7 p.m.). The Pioneers beat Penn State-Fayette, 76-43, Dec. 2.

The Pioneers finish up the season Friday and Saturday with a pair of AMC games versus Ohio Dominican and Mt. Vernon Nazarene.