Point Park women win at Carnegie Mellon, 56-54, improve to 6-4 overall
Dec. 10, 2011
Kristen Veseleny had 11 points off the bench to key Point Parks' win. File photo by Chelsey Engel.
PITTSBURGH -- In the first game between the two nearby schools in 26 years, the Point Park University women's basketball team came away with a 56-54, non-conference victory at Carnegie Mellon University Saturday at Skibo Gymnasium.
Point Park (6-4, 1-0 AMC) jumped out to a 9-0 lead after five minutes, found itself trailing, 31-24, at the half and needed a key, second-half run to beat Carnegie Mellon (4-5).
The Pioneers improved to 10-2 all time versus the Tartans, and they are now 7-0 in games at CMU. Point Park's first-ever women's basketball game was a home loss to CMU in November 1978. The teams played 10 more times from 1978-85, but the last meeting before Saturday came on Dec. 6, 1985.
Emily Schartner, a junior guard from Finleyville, Pa., and a transfer from NJIT, led Point Park with 13 points and was 3 for 8 from 3-point range. The Ringgold High School product nailed two of her treys during Point Park's important, 13-0 run that gave it a 39-36 lead with 13:30 to go.
The Tartans then scored five quick points for a 41-39 edge with 11:51 to go, but Point Park's Maura McCaslin connected from the outside for a 42-41 advantage on the next possession. That basket came with 11:31 to go, and the Pioneers held the lead the rest of the way.
Point Park got some important separation, 54-49, with 3:08 left after Joncelyn Peterkin and Katresa Savisky scored inside and April Austin hit a jumper. Although the Pioneers did not make a field goal the final 3:08, they held on for the 56-54 win.
Kristen Veseleny, a senior guard/forward from Pleasant Hills, Pa., came up big with 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench. She joined Schartner as the only Point Park players in double figures after going 3 of 5 from the floor and a perfect 5 of 5 from the foul line.
Peterkin, a 6-2 center from West Mifflin, Pa., just missed a double-double and was a factor at both ends with nine points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. She helped hold Carnegie Mellon's leading scorer, post player Emily Peel, to four points and 10 rebounds. Peel averages 20 points and 10 boards per game.
Point Park pitched a shutout the first five minutes in taking its 9-0 lead as CMU started 0 for 6 from the field. But after taking a 16-8 advantage, Point Park went cold as the Tartans' 17-0 run resulted in a 25-16 lead for the home team.
Carnegie Mellon went on to lead, 31-24, at the half. Sixth man Gabrielle West ended up with 19 points, and she led the first-half comeback by nailing four treys the first 20 minutes. The Tartans made 7 of 13 treys the first half and finished 9 of 17 (53 percent) from distance.
Neither team shot well as CMU's 33-percent shooting narrowly edged Point Park's 32 percent. Carnegie Mellon was plagued by 28 turnovers compared to 16 for Point Park. CMU won the rebounding battle, 46-40.
Point Park will take this coming week off for final exams before visiting Pitt-Greensburg Saturday at 2 p.m. The Pioneers have upcoming home games versus La Roche (Dec. 20) and Rio Grande (Dec. 30).
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