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Point Park pounds Malone to complete AMC weekend sweep

Feb. 13, 2010

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. – The Point Park University women’s basketball team hammered Malone, 83-54, in an American Mideast Conference game at CCAC-South Gymnasium Saturday.


Point Park (13-11, 9-7 AMC) took a 27-point lead, 46-19, at halftime and led by at least 30 points the final 19:21. The Pioneers stretched the lead to as many as 37, 70-33, midway through the second half.

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The lopsided win over Malone (4-24, 1-16 AMC) completed a weekend sweep of AMC games for Point Park. The Pioneers started the weekend with a 46-44 win over Houghton Friday night. Point Park needed only 20 minutes Saturday to match its point total from the night before in handing Malone its 13th loss in a row.

Point Park’s Ashley Henderson (Greensburg/Greensburg Central Catholic) led three starters in double figures with 21 points to go along with eight assists and three steals. The junior guard (pictured) made 9 of 17 field goals to notch her third 20-point game of the year.

April Austin (Penn Hills/North Catholic) scored 15 of her 17 points the first half, and Brittney Wilson (West Mifflin/West Mifflin) added 15 points on 5 of 9 shooting. Wilson was 3 of 6 from long range, and her trey made it 70-33 with 10:31 left.

Saturday’s win moves Point Park to within a half a game of the seventh-and-final playoff spot in the AMC. The Pioneers are tied with Northwestern Ohio (9-7 AMC) for eighth place, one half game behind Houghton and Notre Dame (OH), who are tied for sixth at 10-7.

Houghton, which lost to Point Park twice, got to 10 wins Saturday by routing Carlow, 63-39. Notre Dame fell to 10-7 with Saturday’s 66-64 loss to Northwestern Ohio.

By reaching 13 wins, the Pioneers established a new high for victories under fourth-year coach Sam Kosanovich, whose best previous win total was during a 12-16 debut campaign of 2006-07. The Pioneers need one more victory to clinch their first winning season since 1993-94.

Malone committed 16 of its 26 turnovers and shot 29 percent the first half. On the day, Point Park held a 31-7 advantage in points off turnovers.

Malone ended up shooting 38 percent for the game after connecting on 44 percent the second half. Point Park shot 44 percent from the field (31 of 71), which included 10 of 31 from 3-point range.

Ashley Speicher led Malone with 10 points, and her 3-pointer with 23 seconds left was the only thing that kept the final margin under 30 points.

Point Park connected on seven treys the first half. The Pioneers got out to a 19-6 lead on a 3-pointer by Heather Swedish (Sewickely/Avonworth) with 11:58 left in the opening half. A few minutes later, consecutive 3-pointers by Austin and Henderson pushed the lead to 18, 29-11.

Malone briefly got within 13 points, 29-16, but Austin’s long-range jumper started a 17-3 Point Park run to close out the first half.

Point Park has three games remaining, starting with Tuesday’s home date with Carlow Tuesday. The Pioneers will host their Senior Night during the AMC game, which tips off at 7 p.m. at CCAC-South Gymnasium.

Point Park finished the regular season with a two-game road trip to New York with dates versus Daemen (Thursday) and Roberts Wesleyan (Saturday).