#17 Walsh controls the interior in 70-63 victory over Point Park women
Nov. 30, 2010
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. – Walsh University, the No. 17 team in NAIA Division II women’s basketball, controlled the interior on its way to a 70-63 victory over Point University in the American Mideast Conference opener for both teams Tuesday at CCAC-South Gymnasium.
Pictured: April Austin had 12 points for Point Park. Photo by Chelsey Engel.
Walsh (5-3, 1-0 AMC) led in rebounding, 46-28, and had inside players Katie Berry and Cara Bedard score 21 and 20 points, respectively, to nip Point Park (3-3, 0-1 AMC) by seven points.
Point Park senior guard Ashley Henderson led all scorers with a season-high 26 points. The native of Greensburg, Pa., was three off her career high, and she had 16 points by halftime to keep Point Park within 42-38 at the break.
Henderson leads the Pioneers with 19.2 ppg and is shooting 47 percent from the field. Tuesday night she was 7 of 14 from the floor, knocked down 3 of 6 3-pointers and made 9 of 13 foul shots.
Sophomore point guard April Austin, a Penn Hills, Pa., native was the only other Point Park player in double figures with 12. The Pioneers shot 36 percent (21 of 58) from the field, which included 32 percent (8 of 25) the second half.
Walsh, on the other hand, shot 45 percent from the field and held a 40-16 advantage in points in the paint. The Cavs shot 60 percent the first half, but Point Park was able to stay close thanks to knocking down six 3-pointers the first 20 minutes.
But the Pioneers could not find the long-range shooting touch the second half and missed all five of their attempts from beyond the arc. Walsh committed 24 turnovers to Point Park’s 19, but the decisive advantage on the inside proved to be the difference.
Point Park center Joncelyn Peterkin totaled six points, four rebounds, seven blocks and four steals.
Point Park enjoyed a 7-2 lead in the early going before Walsh responded for its biggest lead of the first half, 18-12, with 12:01 remaining. Six points was the biggest first-half lead for either team, and Point Park staked a 35-29 edge 4:10 before the break.
After leading 42-38 at the half, Walsh worked a 50-42 advantage early in the second stanza. The Cavaliers would stay in front by at least five points until Point Park got within 56-54 on a driving layup by Austin with 8:33 to go. But Walsh countered with a decisive, 8-1 run for a 64-55 bulge with just 4:33 remaining.
Point Park’s next game is Thursday at home versus non-conference Penn State-Fayette. Point Park beat the Roaring Lions, 84-48, on the road Nov. 22.