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Point Park women rout cross town  rival Carlow on Senior Day, 74-36

Feb. 12, 2011 

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Ashley Henderson led all scorer's with 23 points on Senior Day. File photo by Chesley Engel.

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. – Point Park University routed cross town rival Carlow University, 74-36, in an American Mideast Conference women’s basketball game Saturday afternoon at CCAC-South Gymnasium.   

The Pioneers (13-12, 5-9 AMC) celebrated their Senior Day with their sixth consecutive victory over the Celtics (7-15, 1-13 AMC). Point Park led, 41-18, at halftime, and the margin reached 40 points, 66-26, with 7:00 to go.

Point Park honored seniors Ashley Henderson, Ashley Bergman and Heather Swedish prior to the game. Bergman and Swedish were both out with injuries, but Henderson came through in a big way on Senior Day with a game-high 23 points to go with six rebounds.

Henderson, a 5-10 guard from Greensburg, Pa., had 15 points by halftime to help the Pioneers to the early lead. Point Park sophomore guard April Austin, from Penn Hills, Pa., had all 15 of her points the first 20 minutes. To that point, the 5-6 point guard was 6 of 8 from the field and 3 of 4 from 3-point range.

Freshman forward Sarah Sandin, from West Newtown, Pa., was two off her career high with 14 points on 5 of 5 from the floor and 4 of 4 from long range. Junior center Joncelyn Peterkin tallied 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.

Peterkin, a 6-2 native of West Mifflin, Pa., moved to within two blocks of tying a school record for career rejections. Peterkin, who ranks fifth in NAIA DII in total blocks this year, has 121 career swats in this her second year at Point Park.

Point Park shot an impressive 54 percent the first half (15 of 28), which included 4 of 10 from downtown. The Pioneers rolled out to a 13-0 lead and held Carlow off the scoreboard the first six minutes.

Carlow had a 9-2 uprising to get within 15-9 a few minutes later, but Point Park took control shortly thereafter. Point Park bumped the lead to 26-12 before three straight treys – two by Austin and one by Henderson – made it a 35-14 game with a little under four minutes left in the half.

Point Park went on to take a 41-18 halftime lead after holding the Celtics to 24-percent shooting (5 of 21) and forcing 16 turnovers the first 20 minutes. Point Park scored the first 13 points of the second stanza for a 54-18 edge with 12:59 to go.

A bright spot for Carlow was Sarah McAteer’s team-high 10 points, which leaves her at 1,001 points for her career. The senior guard made a pair of three throws with one second left in the first half to get her ninth point of the day, and the 1,000th of her career.

Carlow shot 26 percent overall and was 2 for 13 from long range. The Celtics ended up with 26 turnovers compared to 12 for Point Park. The Pioneers held a 36-34 edge in rebounds.

Point Park, which was eliminated from playoff contention earlier in the week, has two games remaining starting with Tuesday’s road contest at Houghton (6 p.m.).

Swedish, from Sewickley, Pa., was lost for the year to a knee injury in November, will finish her career ranked fifth in school history with 110 career treys. Bergman, from West Mifflin, Pa., ranks in the top 20 in career 3-pointers.

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