Point Park women battle back, but Fairmont St. pulls away, 72-61
Nov. 15, 2011
FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- The Point Park University women's basketball team trimmed a double-digit Fairmont State University lead down to two points with 15:53 to play, but the NCAA Division II Fighting Falcons pulled away down the stretch to beat the visiting Pioneers, 72-61, in a non-conference game Tuesday night.
Fairmont State (1-0) scored the first eight points of the game and was leading Point Park (2-2), 11-2, after 2:47. The Pioneers battled back to get within 26-23 on Emily Schartner's 3-pointer late in the first half, but Fairmont State went on to lead, 34-26, at the break.
The Fighting Falcons built a 38-28 lead early in the second period before Point Park's April Austin buried trey with 15:53 remaining to get the deficit down to 38-36. But Fairmont State scored the next 15 points and were in control, 53-36, with 11:51 left. Point Park got no closer than 11 on two occasions, one of which was the final score of 72-61.
Joncelyn Peterkin led Point Park with 16 points of 7 of 13 field goals, and Schartner had 10 of her 13 points in the first half. Schartner was 3 of 5 from beyond the 3-point arc, and Austin shot 2 of 5 from long range on her way to 11 points.
The 72 points by Fairmont State are the most given up this year by Point Park, which had won its last two games to take the championship at the Bevo Francis Tournament this past weekend.
Kaitlin Snyder, a 5-7 junior guard, had 25 points and was 9 of 18 from the floor for Fairmont State. She had 20 points the second half as the Fighting Falcons pulled away. Also in double figures for the hosts was Kendra Holmes, 5-10 forward with 15 points and eight rebounds on 7 of 8 shooting.
Fairmont State shot 52 percent from the field and held Point Park to 36 percent overall. Point Park helped its cause by going 5 of 11 from 3-point range with Schartner and Austin accounting for all five of the makes. Fairmont State held a 45-37 edge on the boards and survived 26 turnovers compared to 17 for Point Park.
Tuesday's game began a stretch of four games in five days for Point Park. That stretch continues with Wednesday's home opener versus Penn State-Fayette (5:30 p.m.) and Thursday's visit to nearby La Roche (7 p.m.). The Pioneers host Mt. Vernon Nazarene Saturday at 2 p.m.