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Point Park women snap four-game skid with AMC victory at Wilberforce

Jan. 22, 2011

Pictured: April Austin had 19 points for the Pioneers Saturday. Photo by Chelsey Engel.


WILBERFORCE, Ohio – April Austin scored 19 points, and Joncelyn Peterkin totaled 15 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks to help the Point Park University women’s basketball team snap a four-game losing streak with a 63-52 victory at Wilberforce in American Mideast Conference action Saturday afternoon.

Ashley Henderson added a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds as Point Park improved to 11-8 overall and 3-5 in the AMC. It is the first time the Pioneers reached the win column since Jan. 4 at Carlow. The four-game slide was made up of one of the most difficult stretches of the Point Park schedule.

Point Park’s losing streak included defeats to #12 Daemen, #9 Cedarville, Roberts Wesleyan and Mt. Vernon Nazarene, which are a combined 22-6 in the AMC. Wilberforce is 2-19 overall and 1-6 in the AMC.

The Pioneers do not play again until hosting Malone (5-15, 1-6 AMC) Thursday at 6 p.m. That game, along with a home date versus Notre Dame (OH) (15-5, 6-1 AMC) next Saturday, provide the Pioneers with a chance to get themselves right back into the AMC race on their home court.

The 19 points for Austin, a sophomore point guard from Penn Hills, Pa., helped her break out of a mini-slump in which she was held to single digits in three of the previous four games. But the former all-state player at North Catholic HS hit three big 3-pointers, including one to put the Pioneers ahead, 60-50, with about four minutes to go.

Austin, Peterkin and Henderson each had nine points the first half to help Point Park erase an early deficit and take a 32-29 lead at the break. Point Park, which shot 35 percent for the game, started the game 2 of 13 from the field to fall behind, 12-4, the first five minutes.

But Point Park scored the next nine points, and Austin’s trey gave the Pioneers their first lead, 13-12. Wilberforce managed to stay in front by a few points until late in the first half when Henderson’s jumper gave the Pioneers their second lead, 30-29.

Point Park’s first-half lead could have been larger, but the Pioneers were just 7 of 16 from the foul line and 1 of 8 from beyond the 3-point arc the first 20 minutes. What’s more, the Pioneers had 10 turnovers before the half. But Point Park, which had averaged 21 turnovers per game the previous two games, turned it over just one time in the second half and also held off a Wilberforce rally before pulling away.

Point Park built a 48-41 lead midway through the second half, and although Wilberforce (2-19, 1-7 AMC) cut it to 48-46 a few minutes later, the Pioneers responded with a 9-0 run for a 57-48 advantage. Austin’s trey came shortly after as Point Park had control, 60-50, with less than four to go.

Peterkin had nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks by halftime. The 6-2 center from West Mifflin, Pa. tied her career-highs with the 15 rebounds and seven blocks. It is her fourth double-double this year. Peterkin now has 104 career blocks since transferring from Carlow last year, which ranks fourth in school history. The school record of 123 is held by Lori Bradfield (’95-97).