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Point Park crushes Carlow, 80-35, for its third victory in a row

Feb. 16, 2010

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. – Point Park University won its third game in a row by crushing Carlow, 80-35, Tuesday in an American Mideast Conference women’s basketball game at CCAC-South Gymnasium.


Point Park (14-11, 10-7 AMC) jumped out to a 19-3 lead first 10 minutes and took a 42-16 advantage into the halftime locker room. The Pioneers extended the lead to 40 in the last four minutes to hand Carlow (6-20, 2-15) its ninth loss in a row.

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The Point Park victory coupled with losses by Northwestern Ohio (10-8 AMC) and Notre Dame (OH) (10-8) Tuesday night moved the Pioneers into sole possession of the seventh-and-final playoff spot in the AMC. Point Park holds a half game lead over those two teams with two games to play.

Point Park finishes its season with an AMC road trip to New York with dates versus Daemen (Thursday) and Roberts Wesleyan (Saturday).

The win also assures the Pioneers their first winning record in 16 years. Point Park has had just four seasons above .500 in its first 31 years, the last one being a 19-12 campaign in 1993-94. The 14 victories are the most for the program since Point Park was 16-20 in 1994-95.

April Austin (Penn Hills/North Catholic) scored all of her 15 points in the first half to help Point Park take a 26-point lead into the intermission. The 5-6 freshman point guard hit a 3-pointer as the clock wound down in the first half to make it 42-16. Austin chipped in six steals and four assists, as well.

Ashley Henderson (Greensburg/Greensburg Central Catholic), a junior guard, led the Pioneers with 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting from the floor. Henderson had 12 points the first half and finished with five rebounds and three steals.

Senior guard/forward Brittney Wilson (West Mifflin/West Mifflin) celebrated Senior Night with 15 points, and her steal and transition layup bumped the lead above 40 for the first time, 72-31, with 4:09 to play.

With her 15 points Tuesday, Wilson (pictured above) moved into a tie for seventh place in Point Park’s all-time scoring list with 1,180 career points. Alisa Favero scored that many from 1988-93.Wilson grabbed three rebounds Tuesday to give her 601 for her career. She played in her 104th career game Tuesday, to move into sixth place in school history.

Point Park forward Rachel Roddy (Greensburg/Greensburg Salem) added 12 points on 4 of 6 shooting and also grabbed five rebounds.

Other seniors playing their final home game included center Janielle Pratt (Pittsburgh/Schenley), whose steal and layup made it 74-33, with 2:42 to go, and forward Marissa Reinhard (Plum/Plum), who knocked down a late 3-pointer to set the final score at 80-35.

Reinhard ranks eighth in school history with 97 career games played, and she has 517 career rebounds on her resume.

Carlow had nearly as many turnovers (32) as it did points (35). The 45-point victory was the second-most lopsided win for the Pioneers this year, Point Park topped Penn State-Fayette by 50, 65-15, on Nov. 24.

Carlow had 19 of its 32 turnovers the first half to fall behind. The Celtics made only nine field goals on the night, and they shot 20.5 percent (9 of 44) from the field.

Point Park shot 42 percent (30 of 71), committed 13 turnovers, and held a 47-36 edge on the boards.

In other AMC action Tuesday, Daemen (12-5) handed Notre Dame a 69-62 defeated to take control of fourth place.

Houghton (11-7 AMC) edged Roberts Wesleyan (7-11), 64-61, to take a hold of fifth place. Mt. Vernon Nazarene (10-6) lost to No. 23 Walsh (14-4) to slide to sixth place.