Henderson leads Point Park's All-AMC choices, Austin and Peterkin also honored
March 1, 2011
Pictured: Point Park senior guard Ashley Henderson. File photo by Chelsey Engel.
PITTSBURGH – Point Park University’s top three women’s basketball players each earned All-American Mideast Conference honors this year led by All-AMC first-team selection Ashley Henderson, a senior guard from Greensburg, Pa.. The All-AMC teams were announced Monday night after a vote of the conference’s coaches.
Point Park (14-13) was also represented on the All-AMC selections with second-teamer April Austin, a sophomore guard, and honorable-mention pick Joncelyn Peterkin, a junior center.
Henderson, a 5-10 senior guard from Greensburg, Pa., was third in the AMC in scoring with a career-high 17.3 points per game. The former all-state player at Greensburg Central Catholic High School finished her impressive, three-year career at Point Park ranking eighth in school history with 1,209 career points.
Henderson is one of only four players in school history with career numbers of at least 1,000 points (1,209), 400 rebounds (436) and 200 assists (216). She spent her freshman season at Pitt and Canisius before transferring to Point Park for her sophomore year. She was named the AMC Newcomer of the Year in 2008-09, and she is a three-time All-AMC selection.
Austin, a 5-6 point guard from Penn Hills, Pa., averaged 10.9 points per game to earn All-AMC honors for the second year in a row. The former all-state player at North Catholic High School led the Pioneers with 89 assists and 52 3-pointers. As a freshman, she set a Point Park, single-season record with 65 treys to earn All-AMC first-team honors. She was slowed this year by an offseason foot injury, but was still second on the Pioneers in scoring.
Peterkin, a 6-2 center from West Mifflin, Pa., averaged 10.5 points and a team-leading 8.1 rebounds per game. Peterkin has been at Point Park the last two years after spending her freshman season at Carlow. She nearly doubled her scoring and rebounding from her sophomore campaign, which came in at 5.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
In just two years, Peterkin is already the all-time leader in blocked shots at Point Park. Her 129 career rejections are six better than Lori Bradfield (1995-97). Peterkin totaled a record 77 blocks this year to break the previous school record of 71 set by Bradfield in 1996-97. Her 2.85 blocks per game rank sixth in NAIA Division II.
At 14-13 overall, Point Park registered back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 25 years. The Pioneers were also 14-13 in 2009-10, and the last time the program had consecutive seasons over .500 was in 1985-86.