Point Park women smother Wilberforce, 60-34, improve to 11-4, 3-0 AMC
Jan. 7, 2012
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- With its defense that ranks second in the country in terms of opponent's scoring, the Point Park University women's basketball team smothered visiting Wilberforce University, 60-34, in an American Mideast Conference game at CCAC South Gymnasium on Saturday.
Point Park (11-4, 3-0 AMC) won its sixth straight game and remained unbeaten in the AMC thanks to forcing Wilberforce (2-9, 1-1 AMC) into 19-percent shooting and 27 turnovers.
First-year head coach Tony Grenek's team entered the game ranking second in NAIA Division II in scoring defense at 53.8 ppg. With Saturday's 34 points against, the Pioneers lowered that number to 52.5 ppg.
The Pioneers' Emily Schartner (Finleyville, Pa./Ringgold HS) was the only player in double figures with 12 points on 6 of 11 shooting. Her 22 minutes played were the most among the starters. Of the 15 Point Park players to get into the game, 12 of them scored.
Joncelyn Peterkin, a 6-2 center, had six points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. Point guard April Austin had five points and four assists, and she made one 3-pointer to tie for the all-time career record at Point Park. Austin, from Penn Hills, Pa., now has 145 career treys, the same amount at Brittney Wilson (2006-10).
Point Park led at halftime, 26-19. Reserve forward Maeve Gallagher had all of her eight points the first 20 minutes and was leading the team in scoring at the break.
Point Park shot just 24 percent the first half, and although things didn't get much better offensively after the intermission, the Pioneers' defense was even stingier the final 20 minutes.
Point Park held Wilberforce scoreless the first seven minutes of the second half and limited the Bulldogs to just 15 points the entire half. The Pioneers went ahead, 42-19, before Wilbeforce finally scored in the second half.
Point Park ended up shooting 28 percent for the game. The Pioneers held a 62-57 edge in rebounds and their 12 turnovers were 15 less that Wilbeforce.
Point Park took control early for a 16-5 lead. Wilberforce did not crack double digits on the scoreboard until they cut the lead to 18-10 with 6:22 left in the first half. For the day, no Wilberforce player had more than six points other than De'Andra Brown, who had nine points on 3 of 11 from the floor.
Chipping in solid games for Point Park were Katresa Savisky with eight points and eight rebounds and Teresa Davis with seven points and four rebounds.
Point Park takes a break from AMC action when it visits Penn State-Fayette on Tuesday (6 p.m.). Point Park won the previous meeting this year, 91-29, at home Nov. 16. The 29 points against were the fewest by the Pioneers this year.
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