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Point Park women roll to AMC victory at Ursuline, 79-47

Feb. 5, 2011

Point Park's April Austin hit five treys in the 1st half Saturday. Photo by Jack Megaw.


PEPPER PIKE, Ohio – The Point Park University women’s basketball team rolled to an easy victory at Ursuline College, 79-47, in an American Mideast Conference game Saturday afternoon.

The Pioneers (12-11, 4-8 AMC) were ahead by 20 points, 43-23, at halftime, and the lead grew to as much as 45 points, 74-29, the last five minutes of the game. Ursuline (6-20, 3-9 AMC) shot just 26 percent from the field to lose for the seventh time in eight games. 

Point Park’s Ashley Henderson led all scorers with 19 points, and the 5-10 senior guard from Greensburg, Pa., also added eight rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Sophomore point guard April Austin, a Penn Hills, Pa, native, had 15 of her 18 points in the first half for Point Park. Austin made five treys on the day, and all five came in the first half. Austin also added seven rebounds and five assists.

Junior center Joncelyn Peterkin, a 6-2 native of West Mifflin, Pa., had 11 points to give the Pioneers three players in double figures. Peterkin grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists.

Point Park made 7 of 13 3-pointers in the first half to run out to the early lead. The Pioneers led 12-3 after five minutes and were ahead, 24-10, midway through the first half. Point Park’s lead reached 30 points, 55-25, with 14:34 to play.

The Pioneers shot 45 percent (27 of 60) from the field, 45 percent (11 of 24) from long range, and held a 43-33 edge in rebounds. The Point Park defense limited the Arrows to 14-for-53 from the field and 2 of 11 (18 percent) from outside the 3-point arc. The Pioneers had 21 assists on 27 field goals and committed only10 turnovers.

At 4-8 in the AMC, Point Park is three games out of the playoff race with four games to play. The Pioneers caught a couple of breaks Saturday when Mt. Vernon Nazarene (7-5 AMC) and Roberts Wesleyan (7-4 AMC) each lost. Mt. Vernon Nazarene, which holds the final playoff spot, lost to Houghton, 71-60. Roberts Wesleyan, which hosts Point Park Tuesday, narrowly lost at Cedarville, 64-62.

Houghton (5-7 AMC) is also outside the playoff picture but is one game ahead of Point Park in the standings.