Austin, Peterkin 1st Team; Grenek Coach of the Year; Schartner Newcomer of Year
Feb. 29, 2012
First-year Point Park head coach Tony Grenek was named 2011-12 AMC Coach of the Year. Photo by Adrianne Bruce.
PITTSBURGH – The Point Park University women’s basketball team that is bound for the NAIA Division II national tournament figured very prominently in the 2011-12 All-American Mideast Conference awards that were released by the league office on Wednesday (Feb. 29).
The Pioneers (23-6) received All-AMC First Team selections for junior point guard April Austin (Penn Hills, Pa./North Catholic HS) and senior center Joncelyn Peterkin (West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin HS). The Point Park pair were among the five-player All-AMC First Team.
Point Park took home two of the three individual awards handed out as first-year head coach Tony Grenek was named AMC Coach of the Year, and junior guard Emily Schartner (Finleyville, Pa./Ringgold HS), a transfer from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, was named the AMC Newcomer of the Year.
With its AMC Tournament Championship last week, Point Park is in the 32-team NAIA Division II National Championship March 7-13 in Sioux City, Iowa. The 16-game first round will played March 7-8. The Pioneers will learn their first-round pairing and game time with the NAIA’s announcement of the tournament bracket Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. ET.
Austin leads the Pioneers at 10.6 ppg and also does a little bit of everything with averages of 3.3 rpg, 3.8 apg and 2.7 spg. She has a team-high 49 3-pointers on the year, and is the Point Park record holder for 3-pointers in a career (165), season (65) and game (8). She enters the national tournament with 997 career points. She was named All-AMC Second Team the last two years.
Peterkin is a 6-2 center who is second on the team at 9.3 ppg. She is a difference maker on defense with team-highs of 7.1 rpg and 2.1 bpg, the latter of which ranks 11th in the country. She was All-AMC Honorable Mention last year and is the school-record holder for blocks in a career (191) and season (77). She is the back line of a Point Park defense that ranks second in the country in opponent’s scoring (51.3 ppg) and fourth in field-goal percentage defense (.333).
Schartner, a 5-11 guard, is third on the team at 8.6 ppg and second in rebounding (4.4 rpg) and made 3-pointers (42). She had 19 big points in the AMC Championship Game Feb. 25, a 60-48 home win over Daemen (NY) that qualified the Pioneers for the NAIA DII national tournament. She played two years at NCAA Division I NJIT where she averaged 17.0 minutes last year. She was a standout player at Ringgold HS with 1,270 career points.
Grenek took over a veteran Point Park team this year after being the top women’s basketball assistant at NCAA Division II Seton Hill the last five years. He coached Point Park to a school record for wins and its first-ever trip to the national tournament. The Pioneers won the AMC Tournament for the first time, and were AMC Regular Season Co-Champions with a 12-2 AMC mark. Grenek is a native of Butler, Pa..
The other individual award went to Houghton College guard Kristen Moose as the AMC Player of the Year. The five-player All-AMC First Team includes Austin, Peterkin, Moose and guards Ellie Allen (Daemen) and Marisa Bunce (Roberts Wesleyan). The All-AMC Second Team consists of five guards -- Jennifer Hudson (Houghton), Chelsea Andorka (Daemen), Tracy Payne (Walsh), Danisha Brown (Wilberforce) and Jayvanna Bernard (Fisher).
Follow us on Twitter @PointParkSports and Facebook.com/PointParkAthletics