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Point Park struggles at Roberts Wesleyan, officially eliminated from playoffs

Feb. 8, 2011

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Point Park University women's basketball team was held to 16.7-percent shooting and lost an American Mideast Conference game at Roberts Wesleyan, 64-29, Tuesday night.

The Pioneers (12-12 overall) dropped to 4-9 in the AMC and were officially eliminated from playoff contention with the loss. Even before the results of all of Tuesday's conference games were in, Point Park was at least 3.5 games out of the final playoff spot with three games to go.

Roberts Wesleyan (15-9 overall) improved to 8-4 in the AMC to strengthen its hold on the fifth playoff spot. Mt. Vernon Nazarene, which was 7-5 entering its game at Notre Dame (OH) late Tuesday, is currently ahold of the sixth and final playoff spot.

Point Park, which lost a head-to-head matchup at Mt. Vernon Nazarene, can finish with no more than seven conference wins. Thus, the Pioneers cannot catchup to the playoff field. 

On Tuesday, Roberts Wesleyan got its second convincing win over Point Park this year. The Red Raiders, who hold a size advantage over the Pioneers, won at Point Park, 70-43, on Jan. 18.

Point Park did not have a player score in double figures Tuesday in setting sesaon lows for total points (29), total field goals (10) and field-goal percentage (16.7%). The taller Red Raiders held Point Park to 10-for-60 shooting from the field and 3-for-24 from beyond the 3-point arc.

In what has proven to be a tough matchup for the Pioneers this year, the earlier game with Roberts had accounted for previous lows of 43 points, 14 field goals and 25-percent shooting.

April Austin led Point Park with nine points, and Ashley Henderson was next with seven points. The Pioneers trailed, 35-16, at the break, and the halftime deficit was due mostly to a nearly seven-minute scoring drought.

Austin hit a 3-pointer to get Point Park within 6-5 at the 17:16 mark. But Point Park would go scoreless until Austin's next trey, which game with 10:31 before halftime. In the meantime, Roberts scored 18 straight points for a 24-5 lead.

Point Park was unable to recover from the early deficit and got no closer than 17 points the rest of the way, with that coming on Henderson's layup on the first possession of the second half.

Roberts enjoyed balanced scoring as 10 players scored, with none getting more than 10 points. Forward Brittany McMillon had 10 points and seven rebounds while guard Marissa Bunce scored 10 points and made a couple of treys.

The Red Raiders shot 44 percent (27 of 61) from the field and 50 percent (5 of 10) from 3-point range. Roberts held a 50-38 edge in rebounds. Point Park did not commit an overly high number of turnovers with 16, which was one more than the Raiders.