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Season Preview: Point Park women's basketball returns four starters from 14-13 team

Pioneers picked 7th of 12 teams in AMC Preseason Coaches' Poll

Oct. 24, 2010

CEDARVILLE, Ohio – The American Mideast Conference announced the results of its 2010-11 Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll Friday, and Point Park University was chosen to finish 7th of 12 teams, according to a vote of the conference’s coaches. 


WBB Team Photo 2010 (for web)
Photo by Chelsey Engel

Point Park, which returns four starters from last year’s team that went 14-13 overall and 10-9 in the AMC, earned 72 points in the poll and is predicted to finish one spot out of the six-team postseason field.

Point Park, under fifth-year coach Sam Kosanovich, is coming off its first winning season since 1993-94. The Pioneers missed the AMC playoffs by one game last year. Point Park welcomes back to its backcourt a pair of all-conference guards, which are also its top two scorers from a year ago.

Sophomore April Austin led Point Park in scoring last year at 14.7 points per game, and the native of Penn Hills, Pa., had a team-high 65 3-pointers. The 5-6 point guard had offseason foot surgery, but will be ready to go for the season opener Nov. 12.

Senior Ashley Henderson, a native of Greensburg, is back for her third year in the program, and she averaged 13.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game as a junior. The Greensburg Central Catholic grad joined Austin on the All-AMC second team in 2009-10.

Austin and Henderson are both transfers from NCAA Division I schools. After each enjoying all-state high school careers, Austin started her career at the Univ. of Dayton and Henderson started out at the Univ. of Pittsburgh.

The only starter that the Pioneers lost was four-year starter Brittney Wilson, who scored 1,191 career points to rank eighth in school history. But Point Park returns several players from last year’s deep rotation that included as many as 12 players at times.

Post players Joncelyn Peterkin (C, 6-2, Jr.) and Terrica Jones (F/C, 5-10, Sr.) each started 12 games last year. Peterkin averaged 5.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. Fellow West Mifflin, Pa., native Jones averaged 6.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

Other returning veterans include senior guard Heather Swedish (G, 5-5, Sr.) and Kristen Veseleny (G/F, 5-7, Jr.), who averaged 4.8 and 4.2 points per game, respectively.

The Pioneers have five newcomers, and each figures to make an impact this season. Anna-Maria Boshkova (F, 6-1, So.) is a skilled post player who is a native of Bulgaria and a transfer from Fairmont State. Boshkova was a member of the Bulgarian national team for the U-19 European Championships.

Kristen Beatty (G/F, 5-7, Jr.) was with the Point Park team a year ago after transferring from CCAC, but this year will be the first action for the swing player from North Allegheny.

Freshmen additions include Sarah Sandin (G/F, 5-10, Fr.), a inside-out threat who starred at Yough High School, Teresa Davis (G, 5-6, Fr.) an All-Ohio guard from Vermilion, Ohio, and Anna Shaw (F, 6-1, Fr.), a graduate of Steubenville Catholic Central. Davis and Shaw are two-sport athletes. Shaw is the starting goalkeeper for the Point Park women’s soccer team, and Davis is on the softball team.

Point Park opens the 2010-11 season Nov. 12-13 with two games at the Bevo Francis Tournament hosted by the University of Rio Grande.

Cedarville, which was 27-6 overall and 17-2 in conference last season, was chosen as the preseason favorite with 140 points. Walsh was picked second coming off a 24-10 season a year ago. Cedarville got 10 of the 12 first-place votes, and Walsh got the other two. Those teams both made it to the NAIA Division II tournament in 2009-10.

Shawnee State, a perennial power that played in the national title game last season, is no longer in the AMC. The Bears, who were rated in the top five nationally nearly all of last year, have joined the NAIA Division II Mid-South Conference.

Daemen (119 points), Mt. Vernon Nazarene (109) and Notre Dame (OH) (100) rounded out the top five, and Houghton (78) was one spot ahead of Point Park in sixth.