Point Park women too much for Penn State-Fayette, 91-29, in home opener
Nov. 16, 2011
Coach Tony Grenek talks to the Pioneers during Wednesday's home opener. Photo by Hunter Tresnicky.
PITTSBURGH -- With a season-high for points scored and a season-low for points allowed, the Point Park University women's basketball team was too much for visiting Penn State-Fayette, 91-29, in a non-conference game Wednesday night at CCAC-South Gymnasium.
Point Park (3-2) got a career-high 15 points from Anna-Maria Boshkova, and fellow reserve Sarah Sandin put up 14 points and seven rebounds to help Point Park outscore the Roaring Lions (0-1), 61-13, the second half.
Boshkova is a 6-1, junior forward from Sofia, Bulgaria, who is in her second year in the Point Park program. Sandin is a 5-10, sophomore guard who is from West Newton, Pa., and Yough High School.
Penn State-Fayette hung around the first eight minutes and trailed, 10-7, with 12:47 left in the first half. Point Park, using its 15-player roster in three groups of five subs at a time, eventually worked a 30-16 lead at halftime.
The first half was sloppy for both teams as Point Park shot 36 percent and Penn State-Fayette 21 percent. In addition, the Pioneers had 17 of their 20 turnovers the first half.
But Point Park settled into a groove after halftime as it shot 57 percent (24 of 42) and had just three turnovers the final 20 minutes. Boshkova and Sandin each had 10 points the second half.
Point Park forced 32 turnovers, grabbed 17 steals and held Penn State-Fayette to eight total field goals and 18-percent shooting on the night. Point Park allowed only three field goals the last 20 minutes when the Roaring Lions were 3-for-22 shooting.
Plenty of players got into the scoring act for Point Park. Teresa Davis had nine points, and Brittany Dunmired totaled eight points and seven rebounds. Joncelyn Peterkin totaled eight points, four rebounds and three blocks to lead a starting unit that played only 13 minutes.
Point Park's busy week continues with a road game at nearby La Roche Thursday at 7 p.m. The Redhawks have plenty of returning talent from last year's conference championship team that represented the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference in the NCAA Division III naitonal tournament.
The Pioneers' stretch of four games in five days, which started with Tuesday's 72-61 loss at Fairmont State, concludes with Saturday's home game vs. Mt. Vernon Nazarene (2 p.m.).
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