Point Park falls to Corban (Ore.) in NAIA DII national tournament, 60-58
March 8, 2012
April Austin had 16 points in the NAIA DII National Championship and has 1,013 for her career.
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SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- The Point Park University women's basketball team lost a heartbreaker, 60-58, to Corban (Ore.) University in the first round of the NAIA Division II National Championship Thursday night at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
Point Park (23-7), ranked #23 in the country and making its first national tournament appearance, was at No. 6 seed in the 32-team field. Corban (24-7), ranked No. 10 in the nation and a No. 3 seed, moves on to the round of 16 on Friday night.
The NAIA Division II National Championship continues through March 13 at the Tyson Events Center.
Joncelyn Peterkin, a 6-2, senior center from West Mifflin, Pa., posted a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds for Point Park. April Austin, a junior point guard from Penn Hills, Pa., added 16 points and went over 1,000 points for her career. She now has 1,013 points in three years at Point Park.
Point Park was down by eight, 52-44, midway through the second half but battled back. The Pioneers used a 7-0 run to take a 57-56 lead with 2:50 to go. The 7-0 spurt included a drive by Austin and a layup and a 3-pointer from Katresa Savisky.
Point Park then came up empty on a couple of offensive possessions, and in the meantime, Corban's Shayla Fetters made 2 of 4 free throws in two separate trips to the foul line. Fetters' free throws gave the Warriors a 59-57 lead with 28.6 seconds to go.
Kristen Beatty then went to the foul line for Point Park and made 1 of 2 to cut the Corban lead to 59-58 with 26.6 seconds left. Point Park forced a turnover on the ensuing inbounds play, and although Austin misfired on a jumper, Savisky won the battle for the loose ball with 6.9 seconds and called timeout.
On an inbounds play from under the basket, the ball ended up in Peterkin's hands underneath. After a bit of a scramble, Peterkin good off a huried shot, but it rolled off the rim. Corban's Becky Buhler got the clinching defensive rebound for Corban with 0.1 seconds left and was fouled.
Buhler made 1 of 2 free throws to set the final of 60-58. Austin put up a desperation heave from halfcourt, but it bounced off the backboard as time expired.
Point Park shot just 29 percent from the field (20 of 67) and was just 4 of 18 (22 percent) from long range. Corban shot 38 percent (19 of 50) and was 5 of 11 from long range.
The teams were even on the boards, 43-43, and Point Park won the turnover battle, 20-13.
Point Park took a 15-10 lead with 13:15 left in the first half after a 7-0 run made up entirely of points from Austin. The North Catholic HS grad nailed a trey in the corner to give her exactly 1,000 career points and then made a couple of driving layups.
Point Park was still up by five, 22-17, with 6:00 left in the first half. But the Pioneers went cold from the field amid a 14-2 run for Corban. That spurt gave the Warriors a 31-24 lead with two minutes before the half.
But the Pioneers battled back to tie things at 31-31 at the break. The 7-0 spurt ended with a 3-pointer from Emily Schartner at the top of the key right before the halftime buzzer.
Schartner, the AMC Newcomer of the Year and a Division I transfer, suffered an early head injury and was lost for the second half. She battled through the first half, but was unable to go the final 20 minutes as the Pioneers lost a key starter.
Corban guards Emily Tsugawa (14 points) and Fetters (13) were both in double figures. Tess Bennett had 12 points and led an early second half charge that resulted in the eight-point lead for the Warriors.
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