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Pioneers win at Houghton, Peterkin sets blocked-shots records

Feb. 15, 2011

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Joncelyn Peterkin set school records with 125 career blocks and 73 blocks this year. Photo by Chelsey Engel.


HOUGHTON, N.Y. – Joncelyn Peterkin produced a double-double and also set school records for career and single-season blocks to lead Point Park University to a 57-48 victory at Houghton College in an American Mideast Conference women’s basketball game Tuesday night.

Peterkin, a 6-2, junior center from West Mifflin, Pa., tallied 18 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks to notch her fourth double-double of the year. The four rejections give Peterkin a record 125 blocks for her career and a record 73 blocks this season. Peterkin ranks fifth in the NAIA Division II in total blocks this year.

Peterkin surpassed the previous record holder, Lori Bradfield, in both of those categories. Bradfield totaled 123 career blocks in two seasons from 1995-97 and also set the previous single-season standard with 71 rejections in 1996-97.

Point Park improved to 14-12 overall and 6-9 in the AMC. The Pioneers, who have won three of four games, are guaranteed their second consecutive winning season for the first time in 25 years. The last time that happened for the program was the 1985-86 season, which was the third plus-.500 year in a row.

The Pioneers were 14-13 last year for their first winning record in 16 seasons. Point Park is two games above .500 entering Saturday’s season finale at home versus NAIA DII #10 Daemen on Saturday (2 p.m.).

Peterkin made 10 of 13 free throws Tuesday night to lead Point Park’s assault from the free-throw line. The Pioneers were 26 of 32 from the charity stripe in what proved to be a big key to the game. Point Park shot 81 percent from the foul line and set season highs for free throws made and attempted.

Point Park’s Ashley Henderson was 9 of 9 from the foul line on her way to 15 points. The senior guard from Greensburg added nine rebounds, as well.

Junior guard/forward Kristen Beatty scored all of her 13 points in the second half to help Point Park recover from a first half in which both teams struggled to score.  Houghton (10-14, 5-9 AMC) held Point Park scoreless for the first four minutes in taking a 6-0 lead and eventually took a slim, 21-20 advantage into the halftime locker room.

Point Park made just four field goals and shot 16 percent from the floor the first 20 minutes, but its 12-for-13 performance at the foul line kept things close the first half. Houghton shot only 27 percent (9 of 33) the first half. Point Park regrouped for 42-percent shooting the final 20 minutes, but Houghton could not improve things much in that department with 30-percent accuracy the second half.

The teams could not get much separation early in the second half, and the game was tied for the seventh time, 31-31, with 13:23 to go. Then Point Park slowly built a lead of 44-37 with 8:23 to go thanks to a 7-1 run. The Pioneers’ largest lead of 48-40 came on a pair of free throws by Peterkin with 4:47 to go.

Houghton threatened by cutting the lead to 50-47 with 1:28 to go after a 3-pointer and a jumper by Jennifer Hudson. But Beatty responded on the next Point Park possession with a important, driving bucket to make it a five-point game. After a defensive stop at the other end, Henderson made a pair of free throws to assume control, 54-47, with 52 seconds left.

Beatty was the only Point Park player with much success from the field as the Pittsburgh, Pa., native was 5 of 8 from the floor. The rest of the Point Park team was 10 of 43 from the floor. Hudson ended up with 15 points to lead Houghton and reserve Kristen Moose was the only other Highlander in double figures with 10.

The Point Park defense entered Tuesday’s game ranked second in the AMC in scoring defense, and they are now giving up 58.3 points per game.