Henderson scores career-high 29 in a loss to hot-shooting Daemen
Jan. 23, 2010
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. - Ashley Henderson registered a career-high 29 points Saturday, but the Point Park University women's basketball team fell to Daemen, 87-69, in an American Mideast Conference game at CCAC South Gymnasium.
Henderson (Greesburg/Greensburg Central Catholic), who is pictured left, was 9 of 17 from the field and also added six assists, five rebounds and four steals. But the rest of the Pioneers shot just 28 percent (12 of 43) from the field as Point Park dropped to 9-8 overall and 5-4 in the AMC.
Daemen (11-9) improved to 7-3 in the AMC by shooting 52 percent from 3-point range. The Wildcats made six 3-pointers in each half and were 12 of 23 on the day.
In addition to its outside shooting, Daemen controlled the game on the interior. Forwards Sarah Soroka and Bridgette Burke scored 21 and 18 points, respectively. Burke grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to help the Wildcats hold a 49-30 edge on the boards.
Point Park committed a season-low eight turnovers, which were nine less than Daemen. The Pioneers were 8 of 16 from 3-point range and 19 of 27 from the foul line, but they shot 34 percent (21 of 61) from the field overall.
Henderson's previous career high came in the second game in a Point Park uniform when she netted 28 points at Cedarville last year. The 5-10 junior guard transferred into the Pioneers' program last season.
Freshman guard April Austin (Penn Hills/North Catholic) and sophomore forward Terrica Jones (West Mifflin/West Mifflin) joined Henderson in double figures with 15 and 12 points, respectively. Jones was 4 of 9 from the floor and set a season high for points.
In addition to supplying a bulk of the scoring, Henderson provided an assist on six of the 12 field goals that her teammates registered. Henderson found Austin for a 3-pointer to cut the Daemen lead to 58-48 with 9:30 remaining. At that point, Henderson had five assists on the eight field goals that did not belong to her.
But after Point Park cut it the deficit to 10 on Austin's trey, Daemen knocked down two 3-pointers in a row and scored a transition layup to bump the lead to 66-48 with 7:59 remaining. The Pioneers never really threatened from that point on, and the Daemen lead grew to as many as 20 points, 72-52, at the 5:44 mark.
Daemen improved to 11-9 overall and 7-3 in the AMC. The Wildcats are one of the hottest teams in the conference, and Saturday's victory was their fifth win in their last six AMC games. Daemen is one of six teams in the league that has a record of 7-3 or better.
At 5-4 in the AMC, Point Park dropped to eighth place in the standings. The Pioneers started the year 7-2, but they have lost six of eight since then. The Pioneers are 1-4 when giving up 80 points.
By halftime, Henderson had already matched her season high of 16 points to keep the Pioneers within six, 40-34. The first-team All-AMC guard made two free throws to cut the lead to 42-40 early in the second half, and at that point, she had 20 of Point Park's 40 points.
Although Point Park was within 50-45 with 12:07 to play, it managed just five points the next five and half minutes as Daemen rattled off a 21-5 run to lead 71-50 at the 6:28 mark. That spurt was capped off by a trey from Marybeth Nugent.
Point Park will have to get right back to action Sunday with an AMC road game at Shawnee State, the No. 8 team in NAIA Division II. The game was postponed Jan. 9 due to inclement weather, and unfortunately for the Pioneers, tomorrow's make-up date finishes up a stretch of three games in four days.
The Pioneers lost to Walsh, 86-53, Thursday night. With last Saturday's loss to Notre Dame (OH), Point Park began a stretch of playing five games in nine days.