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Beatty's career-high 19 points lifts Point Park to win over Talladega (AL)

Dec. 18, 2010

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. – Kristen Beatty scored a career-high 19 points to lift the Point Park University women’s basketball team to a 61-52 victory over visiting Talladega (AL) College in a non-conference game at CCAC-South Gymnasium Saturday evening.

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Pictured: Point Park's Kristen Beatty in a game vs. Houghton. File photo by Chelsey Engel.

Beatty’s career-high helped Point Park improved to 8-3 for the first time in school history even though Talladega (3-12) out-rebounded the Pioneers by 21, 49-28. The Point Park defense held the Tornadoes to 29-percent shooting for the night, but surrendered 21 offensive rebounds. 

Beatty, a junior from Pittsburgh who started her career with two years at CCAC-Allegheny, scored 10 points the second half, including a key layup that gave the Pioneers a 55-48 lead with 4:04 to go. Beatty, a North Allegheny grad, has started the last two games.

Senior guard Ashley Henderson, from Greensburg, Pa., followed Beatty’s inside basket up with a clutch jumper for a 57-48 lead with just under two minutes to play. Henderson finished with 14 points.

Talladega, an NAIA Division I independent, made things interesting with Kyla Jones’ basket that made it 57-52 with 1:09 left, but Point Park’s Kristen Veseleny made four free throws to ice the game.

Veseleny, a junior from Pleasant Hills, Pa., who had nine points, hauled in a key inbounds pass before being fouled with 19 seconds left. After making both foul shots, she was fouled as she pulled down an important, defensive rebound on the other end.

April Austin, a sophomore from Penn Hills, Pa., tallied 10 points to give Point Park three players in double figures.

The Pioneers shot 41 percent (21 of 51) and committed just 12 turnovers. Point Park, which forced 21 turnovers by Talladega, is ranked second in the NAIA Division II in turnover margin. The Pioneers average 12.5 turnovers per game and force 22.3 per game.

Point Park used a 9-0 run to build a 12-4 lead after 5:47. The Pioneers went on to lead 20-8 and were later ahead, 22-10, with 8:32 left in the first half. Talladega made just three of its first 21 field goals at point in the game. But the Tornadoes responded with three 3-pointers in a row to cut the deficit to 23-19 with 3:20 before the half.

But Point Park, aided by two steals from Henderson, bumped the lead up to 31-21, and was ahead, 31-23, at halftime.

The Pioneers led by as many as 13, 41-28, on a 3-pointer by Beatty with 15:37 left. The Tornadoes cut it to 43-42 midway through the second half before Point Park began to pull away over the next five minutes.

Talladega had four players in double figures led by Ebony Richardson with 13 points. Center Danielle Padgett pulled down 17 rebounds while starting and playing in her first game of the year. Likewise, Jones had 10 points off the bench in her first game of the season.

Point Park does not play until Dec. 30-31 when it meets the host team in the first round of the Notre Dame (OH) Holiday Tournament. The host Falcons (10-3) are ranked No. 25 in NAIA Division II. Other tournament participants are perennial NAIA power Shawnee State and NCAA Division II Lake Erie.