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Mt. Vernon Nazarene takes control with big run, tops Point Park

Jan. 21, 2011

MT. VERNON, Ohio – Clinging to a 43-41 lead midway through the second half, Mt. Vernon Nazarene put together a 31-6 run to seize control of a 74-59 victory over visiting Point Park University in American Mideast Conference women’s basketball action Friday night.


Point Park's Ashley Henderson gets tied up in a game last year. File photo.

The loss drops Point Park to 10-8 overall and 2-5 in the AMC. The Pioneers have lost four in a row, a stretch that started with losses to ranked teams Daemen (#12) and Cedarville (#9) followed by a defeat to a talent Roberts Wesleyan team Tuesday. 

Playing a tough road game at Mt. Vernon Nazarene (12-5, 4-3 AMC) Friday night, Point Park stayed within 36-29 at the break despite the homestanding Cougars making seven 3-pointers the first 20 minutes. And even though MVNU nailed consecutive treys to build a 43-36 lead early in the second half, Point Park battled back to get within 43-41 with 14:03 remaining.

Over the next two minutes, Mt. Vernon Nazarene rattled off nine straight points for a 52-41 lead, and by the time the lead grew to 63-43 with 8:38 to go, the Cougars were on a 20-2 run. The largest lead for the hosts was 27 points, 74-47 at the 3:21 mark.

Mt. Vernon Nazarene shot 50 percent from beyond the 3-point arc with 12 treys in 24 attempts. The Cougars shot 44 percent (25 of 57) from the field and held Point Park to 32-percent (18 of 56) shooting. Point Park made 20 turnovers, which was two less than the season high it set in Tuesday’s loss.

Senior guard Ashley Henderson led Point Park with 14 points highlighted by a 3-for-5 performance from 3-point range. Henderson now has 1,054 career points in this her third year since transferring from Pitt and Canisius. On Friday, she moved into 10th place on the school’s all-time scoring list after passing Kathy Krebs (1,045).

Point Park junior center Joncelyn Peterkin had 11 points on 5 of 10 shooting and also added six rebounds and four blocks. Junior guard/forward Kristen Beatty had seven points, all in the first half. Anna-Maria Boshkova chipped in seven points and six rebounds.

Point Park built an early, 11-6 lead only to have the Cougars make a 12-2 run for an 18-13 lead with 10:41 to go. Mt. Vernon Nazarene stayed in front for the rest of the first half thanks to making 7 of 13 treys the first 20 minutes. In addition to the strong perimeter play, center Amanda Himes had 12 of her game-high 16 points before the half.

Himes, who came in averaging 17.4 points and 11.8 rebounds per game, added eight rebounds and three blocks. She was the only starter in double figures, although Lauren Johnson and Sierra Fletcher each came off the bench with 14 points. Johnson was 4 of 5 from long range while point guard Fletcher made all six of her free throws, handed out four assists and grabbed four steals.

Point Park was held to 25 percent (6 of 24) from 3-point range although the Pioneers made good on 17 of 24 free throws for 71 percent. Point Park could not make up any ground at the foul line, however, as the Cougars were 12 of 12 from the charity stripe, including 10 of 10 the second half.

Point Park gets right back into AMC play at Wilberforce Saturday. Tipoff versus the Bulldogs is set for 12 p.m. in Wilberforce, Ohio. Wilberforce is 2-18 overall and 1-5 in the AMC.