2011-12 Season Preview: Point Park University Women's Basketball
Oct. 31, 2011
Point Park Head Coach Tony Grenek talks about the 2011-12 Pioneers in the video above (Oct. 25, 2011)
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University women's basketball team begins the 2011-12 season with four returning starters on a veteran team that welcomes in first-year head coach Tony Grenek and a handful of newcomers.
The Pioneers have put together consecutive seasons with a 14-13 record, and they missed the American Mideast Conference playoffs by a single game each of those years.
Coach Grenek, who was hired in May after serving as the top women's basketball assistant at NCAA Division II Seton Hill the last five years, will try to get the program over the playoff hurdle with a breakout season.
Point Park was picked to finish fourth of eight teams in the AMC Preseason Coaches' Poll (Oct. 25), which would put the Pioneers in the playoffs for the first time since 1998-99 if that prediction held true. Point Park begins its season Nov. 8 at non-conference Mt. Vernon Nazarene.
The Pioneers have all the ingredients for a strong season. All-AMC point guard April Austin (10.6 ppg) and All-AMC honorable mention center Joncelyn Peterkin (10.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg) are back as double-digit scorers. The other returning starters are Kristen Beatty (6.4 ppg) and Kristen Veseleny (5.2 ppg).
Although Point Park does not have an individual talent that can replace NAIA Honorable Mention All-American Ashley Henderson (17.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg), there are a host of players who can make up the production collectively.
Top returning players off the bench are Sarah Sandin (4.5 ppg) and Anna-Maria Boshkova (3.7 ppg), a couple of forwards who are in their second seasons with the Pioneers. Like Sandin and Boshkova, guards Brittany Dunmire and Teresa Davis will look to take their games up a notch with another year of experience under their belts. Also, senior forward Terrica Jones (3.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg) is back in the fold after playing the final 10 games of last year.
The Pioneers have six newcomers with four coming in as transfers. Emily Schnartner is a 5-11 guard who saw significant playing time at NCAA Division I New Jersey Institute of Technology the last two years. She will be looked to for production right away along with Katresa Savisky, who led Butler County CC with 17.1 ppg and 5.1 rpg last year as a freshman forward.
Also transferring from Butler County CC is Ashley Campbell, a 5-11 junior forward who will join the women's basketball team once the Point Park volleyball season is over. The two-sport athlete averaged 13.7 ppg and 5.8 rpg at Butler Co. CC last year.
Other newcomers are transfer Maura McCaslin, a two-year starter at point guard for Pitt-Titusville, and Maria Romano, a key guard on New Castle's WPIAL championship team.
A couple of players involved in fall sports for Point Park will join the Pioneers in the coming weeks. Maeve Gallagher, also a soccer and softball player, is back in the basketball program after taking a year off the hardwood. Ashley Campbell will join the Point Park cagers when the volleyball season is over.