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Strong first half carries Point Park to 80-41 win over non-conference Pitt-Greensburg

Dec. 6, 2010

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. – Point Park University raced out to a 53-18 halftime lead on its way to an 80-41 victory over Pitt-Greensburg in a non-conference women’s basketball game Monday night at CCAC-South Gymnasium.


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Joncelyn Peterkin had 18 points and nine rebounds for Point Park Monday. Photo by Chelsey Engel.

The Pioneers (5-3) enjoyed leads of 10-2 and 23-8 in a dominating first half over the Bobcats (0-7). Point Park’s advantage was as large as 38 points, 53-15, late in the first half.

Joncelyn Peterkin, a junior center from West Mifflin, Pa., led all scorers with 18 points and nine rebounds for Point Park. The 6-2 Peterkin made 7 of 11 field goals and 4 of 5 free throws to register her most points in a Pioneers’ uniform. She spent her freshman season at Carlow, where she established a career high of 20 points.

Sarah Sandin, a freshman from West Newton, Pa., came off the bench to score 14 points, highlighted by 4 of 8 from 3-point range. Besides Sandin, the rest of the Point Park team was 2 of 13 from long range.

Ashley Henderson added 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and six steals for the Pioneers.

Peterkin scored three times on the inside in the early going to lift Point Park to the 10-2 lead the first 4:09. Sandin nailed a trey for a 21-8 lead at the 11:27 mark of the first half, and her 3-pointer stretched the lead to 40 points, 69-29, with 9:10 left in the game.

Point Park held a commanding lead on the boards, 53-31. The Pioneers had 26 offensive rebounds compared to just 23 defensive rebounds for Pitt-Greensburg.

Point Park shot 49 percent (21 of 43) the first 20 minutes, and their 53 first-half points were the most scored in any half of basketball this year. Point Park cooled off for 29-percent shooting (10 of 35) the second half, which resulted in 39-percent shooting for the game.

Despite Pitt-Greensburg staying within 27-23 over the last 20 minutes, the damage had been done with the 35-point lead at the break. Point Park forced 25 turnovers and held the Bobcats to 33 percent (16 of 49) from the field. Pitt-Greensburg made only eight field goals in each half.

The Pioneers made 10 turnovers, which was just one more than their season low set last Thursday in a 92-45 win over PSU-Fayette.

Point Park will take its 0-1 conference record into Tuesday’s American Mideast Conference home game with Houghton (4-4, 0-2 AMC). Game time at CCAC-South Gymnasium is 5:30 p.m.