Point Park women win seventh straight game, improve to 12-4 overall
Jan. 10, 2012
The Point Park Pioneers (12-4) have not lost since Dec. 4, 2011. Team Photo by Richard Finch.
UNIONTOWN, Pa. -- The Point Park University women's basketball team won its seventh straight, 84-71, in a non-conference game at Penn-State Fayette on Tuesday.
Point Park (12-4, 3-0 AMC) used its bench liberally as 10 players logged at least 11 minutes and all 15 players who dressed saw at least 9 minutes of action. No starter played more than 21 minutes for the Pioneers, who have not lost since Dec. 4.
The seven-game win streak matches the 1983-84 Point Park team that won seven in a row to bump its record up to 14-5. Point Park has never been 12-4 as it is currently.
Emily Schartner, from Finleyville, Pa., came off the bench with 12 points to lead Point Park. Joncelyn Peterkin, from West MIfflin, Pa., totaled 10 points and 10 rebounds while fellow starter Kristen Beatty, from Pittsburgh, Pa. added 10 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Katresa Savisky, from Butler, Pa., added 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Kristen Vesleney chipped in nine points, four rebounds, and three steals, and Sarah Sandin knocked down three 3-pointers the first half to finish with nine points.
Schartner and Sanding buried consecutive 3-pointers to stake Point Park to an early, 13-4 lead with 14:20 left in the first half. Penn State-Fayette (4-6) battled back to get within 27-22 at the 6:06 mark and trailed, 41-34, at the break.
Things stayed relatively close as Point Park was holding onto a 56-52 lead with 13:01 to play. But that's when Point Park put together an 18-0 run over the next 5:12 to put the game away. Schartner's trey got the run going, and by the 7:49 mark, the Pioneers were ahead, 74-52
Point Park maintained at least a 13-point lead the rest of the way.
Penn State-Fayette, which lost at Point Park, 91-29, on Nov. 16 got some good individual performances. Caitlyn Wontroba had 23 points off the bench, and Kaitlyn Novak totaled 19 points and seven rebounds. Those two combined to go 7 of 13 from 3-point range.
Jill Guthrie posted 12 points and 15 rebounds, and Jennifer Thomas added 11 points.
Point Park dominated the rebounds, 59-42, which included 26 offensive rebounds. Both teams were sloppy as Penn State-Fayette turned it over 25 times and Point Park 24.
Point Park a decent 40 percent from the field but did not help itself by going 21 of 40 (53 percent) from the foul line. The Roaring Lions shot 37 percent from the floor and were 17 of 29 (59 percent) from the foul line.
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