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April Austin joins Point Park women's basketball team

Sept. 2, 2009

PITTSBURGH - April Austin, a former NCAA Division I recruit and an all-state player at North Catholic High School, has joined the Point Park University women's basketball team, announced Pioneers' coach Sam Kosanovich.

Austin-Kosanovich photo

Austin, a 5-7 point guard, will be eligible to play right away and she will be classified as a freshman on the Point Park women's basketball team this coming year. She has seven semesters of eligibility remaining, which equates to three and a half years. Austin is pictured above alongside coach Kosanovich.

A native of Penn Hills, Austin earned first-team all-state honors as a senior at North Catholic in 2006-07. She signed with the University of Dayton out of high school, but she left the Flyers' program early in the fall 2007 semester.

She left Dayton and enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh, where she had been working on an engineering degree the last two years. Austin, who was not a member of the Pitt women's basketball team, transferred to Point Park to continue her engineering degree this semester.

Kosanovich, who is in his fourth years as head coach, has every reason to believe that Austin can return to the form that had her fielding several Division I offers two years ago.

"April Austin has a well-documented history of accomplishments that speak for themselves," said Kosanovich, who has four starters returning from a team that went 11-14 a year ago. "We know that type of play can carry over to success on our level.

"She is a great fit for our team, and everything worked out academically because Point Park has engineering as a major.  It's great for her and for us to have a North Catholic graduate and a native of Penn Hills play college basketball in the city of Pittsburgh."

Austin scored 1,528 career points at North Catholic, where she was named the Post-Gazette's WPIAL Class A Player of the Year as a senior. That year she averaged 14.8 points, 5.4 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 4.2 steals per game and shot 45 percent from 3-point range. She led North Catholic to the WPIAL Class A title and the PIAA championship game.

Other honors in 2006-07 include being named to the Post-Gazette's Fab 5 Class A team, the Tribune Review's Terrific 10, the WPIAL first team and the MSA Sports Network's Girls' first team. A starter all four years, Austin led North Catholic to the WPIAL Class AAA championship as a freshman.

With the addition of Austin, Point Park has added a former Division I recruit for the second-straight season. Last year, Ashley Henderson (Greensburg/Greensburg Central Catholic) transferred to Point Park after starting her career at Pitt and Canisius. A junior guard, Henderson was named the American Mideast Conference Newcomer of the Year last season. Henderson was an all-state selection and the Post-Gazette's WPIAL Class AA Player of the Year in 2006-07.