Point Park women storm UPG for big second-half run, win 71-45
Dec. 17, 2011
Joncelyn Peterkin had a team-high 15 points vs. Pitt-Greensburg. File photo by Chelsey Engel.
GREENSBURG, Pa. -- Point Park University held a 25-22, halftime lead at Pitt-Greensburg Saturday, but the Pioneers left little doubt in the game's outcome when they started the second half on a 23-1 run the first eight minutes on their way to a 71-45 victory in non-conference women's basketball action.
Point Park (7-4, 1-0 AMC) used its pressing defense to jump out to a 10-2 lead the first four minutes of the game. Although its offense stalled for 29-percent shooting the first half and the slim lead at the break, that same pressing defense overwhelmed Pitt-Greensburg (3-7, 2-2) the second half.
Joncelyn Peterkin, a 6-2, senior center from West Mifflin, Pa., led Point Park with 15 points, and she had nine points during the second-half surge. The Pioneers used all 15 players they had available, and 12 of them reached the scoring column.
Kristen Beatty, a senior guard/forward from Pittsburgh, Pa., had seven of her nine points the second half. Kristen Veseleny, a senior guard/forward from Pleasant Hills, Pa., chipped in seven points as did Maeve Gallagher, a junior forward off the bench.
Hannah Falcsik, a freshman forward, led Pitt-Greensburg with 16 points, and freshman guard Courtney DiBridge totaled 13 points and three treys. Senior post player Casey Stanton was held to six points, 11 below her average. Stanton added 11 rebounds and five blocks, though.
By the half, Falcsik had 10 points and DiBridge had nine on three treys.
Point Park was in control early as its 10-2 lead after four minutes was built on steals and transition layups. But the Bobcats came back to lead, 14-10, three minutes later as DiBridge knocked down three 3-pointers in a span of a few possessions.
Pitt-Greensburg later led, 18-14, before Point Park managed its 25-22 lead at the half. Point Park's 29-percent shooting the opening 20 minutes included 1 for 9 from long range. Pitt-Greensburg shot 40 percent before the half and could have found itself ahead if not for 14 turnovers in each half.
It was all Point Park from the start of the second half. The pressing defense allowed Point Park to score seven of the first eight points of the second half. At that point, UPG called a timeout trailing 32-23 with 17:32 to go. The timeout didn't help as Point Park rattled off the next 16 points -- mostly off of steals and turnovers -- for a 48-23 advantage.
Point Park shot 46 percent the second half and ended up shooting 38 percent for the game. Pitt-Greensburg was held to just six field goals the second half -- three of which came in the closing minutes -- and shot 33 percent for the game. The Bobcats committed 28 turnovers.
Point Park led in rebounding, 46-37. The Pioneers had more offensive rebounds (24) than they had defensive (22).
Point Park's next game is a local showdown with non-conference La Roche, which is 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. The only loss for the Redhawks was a 58-51 home defeat to Point Park on Nov. 17.
Point Park hosts La Roche Tuesday at 7 p.m. at CCAC-South Gymnasium.
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