#25 Point Park cruises to victory at Houghton, win streak reaches two months
Feb. 4, 2012
Kristen Beatty and the Pioneers have not lost since Dec. 3, a span of two months.
HOUGHTON, N.Y. -- Point Park University, the No. 25 team in NAIA Division II women's basketball, extended its winning streak to more than two months in length with Saturday's 77-49 victory at Houghton College.
With the American Mideast Conference victory, the Pioneers (18-4, 9-0 AMC) have not lost since Dec. 3 when they fell at Rio Grande, 77-67. Point Park extended its school-record win streak to 13 games and swept the season series with Houghton (12-10, 4-6 AMC).
The Pioneers move to within one victory of the school record for wins. The 1993-94 team holds the standard with a final record of 19-12. Point Park has five games remaining beginning with a road date at Walsh on Tuesday.
Point Park had an easy time with Houghton from start to finish. The Pioneers, who broke into the NAIA Divsion II Top 25 Coaches' Poll on Monday, were up 14-2 at the 12:43 mark of the first half.
Point Park, which ranks second in the nation in scoring defense at 52.0 ppg, did not allow Houghton to get out of double figures the first 12 minutes. Point Park led, 24-8, with a little more than eight minutes to go before halftime.
Joncelyn Peterkin, a 6-2 center from West Mifflin had 10 of her team-high 14 points the first half as the Pioneers were ahead, 39-24, at the break. Peterkin, a senior, finished with seven rebounds and was 5 of 10 from the field.
Point guard April Austin, a senior from Penn Hills, Pa., totaled 13 points and six assists. Emily Schartner, a junior guard from Finleyville, Pa., had 10 points with eight coming the first 20 minutes.
Point Park built a 52-29 lead with 14:30 to go and maintained at least a 20-point lead except for a few brief seconds. The Pioneers bumped their advantage to 30 points, 72-42, with 3:15 to go.
Point Park shot well from the field as its 49-percent accuracy was 12 points higher than its season average. Point Park was just 3 of 15 from long range but was 33 of 67 overall.
The final margin of 28 points marked the most lopsided AMC win for Point Park this year. The Pioneers limited Houghton to 29-percent shooting (15 of 51), although the Highlanders made up ground by going 8 of 20 (40 percent) from long range.
Kristen Moose was the only Houghton player in double figures with 14 points on 4 of 11 shooting. Jennifer Hudson had nine points on 3 of 5 from long range, but no one else had much success shooting the ball.
Point Park won the battle of the boards, 42-33, and committed 18 turnovers compared to 26 for Houghton.
Point Park had won the earlier meeting with Houghton, 65-50, at home Jan. 17. The Pioneers held a slim lead of 49-48 but did not allow a field goal the last 7:49 in ending the game on a 15-2 run.
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