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#9 Cedarville rallies past Point Park women in second half

Jan. 15, 2011

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. – Cedarville University, the No. 9 team in NAIA Division II, asserted itself the final 20 minutes and erased a nine-point halftime deficit in beating Point Park University, 70-59, in an American Mideast Conference women’s basketball game Saturday at CCAC-South Gymnasium.

BOXSCORE

Point Park (10-6, 2-3 AMC) played a superb first half on its way to a 43-34 lead at the break. The Pioneers shot 64 percent the first half and led by as many as 13 points, 34-21, with 4:25 left in the half. 

But Cedarville improved to 14-3 overall and remained unbeaten in the AMC at 5-0 by outscoring the hosts, 36-16, over the final 20 minutes. The Cedarville defense clamped down to force Point Park into 5-for-33 shooting the second half, which amounts to 15 percent. The Pioneers missed all 11 of their 3-point attempts after halftime.

Point Park junior center Joncelyn Peterkin continued her strong play with 20 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. The 6-2 native of West Mifflin did much of her damage before picking up a costly third foul in the second half. After that point, the tide began to turn in Cedarville’s favor.

Pioneers’ swing player Kristen Beatty had nine of her 13 points the first half. Also contributing to the first-half uprising was freshman Sarah Sandin, who knocked down three 3-pointers the first 20 minutes and finished with nine points.

Point Park’s leading scorer Ashley Henderson was held to two points the second half and ended up with nine points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals. The senior from Greensburg, Pa., surpassed the 1,000-career point milestone in Tuesday’s loss at Daemen. Henderson now has 1,025 points since transferring to Point Park as a sophomore. She ranks 11th in school history in scoring.

Despite the tough second half, the opening 20 minutes could not have gone much better for the Pioneers. Point Park made 16 of 25 first-half field goals, which included 4 of 8 from long range, and held a 17-11 edge in rebounds.

Cedarville had all five starters score in double figures led by center Aubrey Siemon with 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks. Fellow post player Caitlyn Brooks chipped in 10 points, and the Yellow Jackets’ strong guard play was led by 14 points and four 3-pointers from Cara Cayton. Point guard Rachel Hurley had 11 points, eight assists and six rebounds while Lydia Miller added 11 points.

Point Park ended up shooting 36 percent (21 of 58), and Cedarville shot 41 percent (24 of 59). Point Park led in rebounding, 40-34. Cedarville had 18 assists on 24 field goals.

Point Park continues AMC play with Tuesday’s home game versus Roberts Wesleyan. Tipoff at CCAC-South Gymnasium is at 6 p.m.