Point Park women knock off No. 19 Daemen, stay unbeaten in AMC
Jan. 28, 2012
Joncelyn Peterkin had 10 of her team-high 14 points the second half. File photo by Chelsey Engel.
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- The Point Park University women's basketball team got one of its biggest wins in recent memory with Saturday's 51-43, American Mideast Conference upset of NAIA Division II No. 19 Daemen at CCAC-South Gymnasium.
Point Park (16-4, 7-0 AMC) stayed unbeaten in the AMC and may be looking at a Top 25 national ranking after the big win over Daemen (18-5, 8-1 AMC). It was the 11th consecutive victory for the Pioneers, and the previous school record was eight straight wins.
Point Park, under first-year coach Tony Grenek, has not lost since Dec. 3. Grenek, formerly the top women's assistant at Seton Hill the last five years, was hired in May 2011.
Joncelyn Peterkin, a 6-2 senior center from West Mifflin, Pa., had 10 of her 14 points in the second half to help Point Park pad its 27-21 halftime lead. Point Park had been up by as many as 12, 35-23, early in the second half.
April Austin added 12 points, five assists and five rebounds, and Kristen Veseleny tallied 11 points of 5 of 7 shooting to aid in the Point Park victory. Peterkin nearly had a double-double with a team-high nine rebounds.
Kristen Beatty added eight points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals. It was Beatty who made a few clutch baskets, steals and free throws down the stretch.
Point Park was in the 'others receiving votes' section of Monday's NAIA DII Top 25 Coaches Poll, but the Pioneers may be within reach of cracking the rankings this Monday.
In what was a matchup of two of the top defenses in NAIA Division II, Point Park came out on top. Daemen entered the game ranking first in the country in opponent's field-goal percentage (.301) and third in scoring defense (53.1 ppg). Point Park, meanwhile, entered the day ranking second in the nation in scoring defense (52.3 ppg) and fourth in field-goal defense (.331).
Point Park shot only 30 percent (18 of 60) from the field and was outrebounded, 42-37. But the Pioneers built their lead early in the second half and managed to keep Daemen at bay despite a few times that the Wildcats made things close.
Daemen cut the deficit down to 39-34 with 8:22 to go, but baskets by Peterkin, Beatty and Veseleny bumped the lead by to 45-37 with 3:55 left.
Daemen's Lindsay Stoddard hit a 3-pointer to get the Wildcats within 47-43 with 1:15 remaining, but Peterkin got free for a layup on the other end and a six-point edge with 43 seconds to go.
Daemen had three turnovers and missed a 3-pointer in those final 40 seconds, and a couple of free throws by Point Park set the final of 51-43.
Point Park enjoyed a tremendous start as its scored the first eight points of the game and was ahead, 10-2, after 4:03. Daemen did not score the first three and a half minutes but managed to tie things up at 14-14 with 7:00 left in the half.
But the Pioneers went up, 23-16, after a 3-pointer by Beatty and a layup and a trey by Austin. Leading, 27-21, at the break, Point Park scored the first six points of the second half to go up 12 points. The Pioneers managed the lead from then on.
Daemen had one player in double figures -- 6-5 center Monica Kosior -- who had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Daemen shot 35 percent (18 of 52) from the field and committed 25 turnovers. Point Park committed 13 turnovers of its own.
Daemen was 4 of 16 from 3-point range (25 percent), and Point Park was 4 of 17 (24 percent).
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