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Point Park women too much for Salem Int'l, Pioneers win 63-32

Dec. 14, 2010

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. – The Point Park University women’s basketball team was too much for winless Salem International as the Pioneers improved to 7-3 with a 63-32, non-conference victory Tuesday at CCAC-South Gymnasium.

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Pictured: Sarah Sandin had 12 points for Point Park Tuesday night. Photo by Chelsey Engel.

Point Park, which matched the best start in school history after 10 games, led 13-0 after five minutes, did not allow a field goal the first 6:27 and was ahead, 24-3, midway through the first half.  The Pioneers eventually built a 34-4 lead before taking a 42-13 lead into the halftime locker room. 

The Pioneers have won four in a row to improve to 7-3. The only other time that Point Park was 7-3 after 10 games was last year, but the Pioneers dropped three straight after that on their way to a final record of 14-13.

Point Park is 5-1 on its current, seven-game home stand, a stretch that concludes with Saturday’s non-conference home game versus Talladega (AL). Game time at CCAC-South Gymnasium is 5 p.m.

Point Park forced Salem International (0-11) to miss 18 of its first 19 field goal attempts on its way to a 30-point lead after 13 minutes. The Point Park defense limited the Fighting Tigers to 17-percent shooting (5 of 28) the first half and 21 percent (13 of 62) for the game.

Point Park’s Ashley Henderson led all scorers with 15 points while Sarah Sandin added 12 points off the bench. Sandin, a freshman from West Newton, Pa., nailed all three of her 3-pointers in the first half and also added a 3-point play the old fashioned way late in the game.

Point guard April Austin tallied nine points, six rebounds, five assists, zero turnovers and two steals. Forward Anna-Maria Boshkova added nine points and a team-high nine rebounds.  

Salem International is an NCAA Division II independent institution that was formerly a member of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Fighting Tigers did not crack double digits until Brittany Wells’ lay-in made it 34-11 with 3:51 left in the first half.

Point Park is 13-2 in December dating back to 2008, and it has started the month with four wins in a row in each of the last three years.

After playing host to Talladega, an NAIA Division I school, on Saturday, the Pioneers take 12 days off before visiting the Notre Dame (OH) Holiday Tournament Dec. 30-31. The Pioneers begin the event by playing the host Falcons, who were ranked No. 25 in Monday’s edition of the NAIA Division II Top 25 Poll.