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Point Park women run away from Geneva, 76-45, in non-conference game

Nov. 23, 2010

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- The Point Park University women's basketball team built a 14-2, early lead over visiting Geneva College in a non-conference game Tuesday, and the Pioneers were in complete control from start to finish in their 76-45 victory at CCAC-South Gymnasium.


Point Park's Ashley Henderson led all scorers with 19 points vs. Geneva. Photo by Chelsey Engel.

Point Park (3-2) led by as many as 22 points in the first half and held a 44-26 lead after 20 minutes. Geneva (2-2) got as close as 15 points, 50-35, with 15:23 remaining, but the Pioneers put the game away over the next 10 minutes in bumping the lead back up to 30, 67-37.

Point Park's Ashley Henderson, a guard from Greensburg, Pa., scored 15 of her game-high 19 points in the first half. Henderson made 7 of 16 field goals, which included 3 of 5 from beyond the 3-point arc. Henderson also chipped in six rebounds, six steals and three blocks.

Junior center Joncelyn Peterkin had 16 points, six rebounds and three steals for the Pioneers. The 6-2 native of West Mifflin had 10 points by halftime and made 8 of 12 field goals on the night.

Kristen Beatty had career highs of 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists. In an all-around great floor game, the junior swing player who transferred from CCAC-Allegheny was 6 of 7 from the floor.

Point Park enjoyed a hot-shooting performance in the first half as the Pioneers shot 50 percent from the field and mad 5 of 13 3-pointers. Point Park ended up shooting 46 percent (30 of 66) for the game, but that was plenty more than Geneva, which shot 35 percent (18 of 52).

After building the 14-2 lead off the opening tip, Point Park went on to lead 25-7, and Geneva did not reach double figures until Samantha Fisher's basket made it 28-11 with 8:51 left in the first half.

Geneva showed signs of life at the start of the second half as the Golden Tornadoes put together an 11-6 run to cut it to 50-35. But Point Park asserted itself by scoring the next eight points -- the last four of which came on inside baskets by Beatty -- to assume control again, 58-35, with 12:05 left.

Point Park put the clamps on in the second half in holding the Golden Tornadoes to 31-percent shooting (8 of 26). The Pioneers forced 31 turnovers with 16 coming in the first half and 15 in the second half. Geneva held a 40-37 edge in rebounds.

Point guard Beth DeLuca led Geneva with 13 points and was the only player in double figures.

Tuesday's victory allows Point Park to make up for last year's 84-75 loss at Geneva. In that game, Geneva shot 59 percent overall, 69 percent in the first half and held Point Park to 38-percent shooting. Point Park turned the tables on the Golden Tornadoes this season, however.

Through five games thus far, Point Park has a habit of winning big and losing close. The Pioneers' three wins have come by an average margin of 30.6 points while their two defeats have been by an average of 4.0 points.

The Pioneers are off for a week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. They are back in action Tuesday, Nov. 30 at home to NAIA Division II No. 14 Walsh for their American Mideast Conference opener.