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Basketball Game Recap

Point Park women win at La Roche, 58-51, after leading by 17 points in 2nd half

Nov. 17, 2011

Point Park's April Austin had 12 points Wednesday night at La Roche. File Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.



PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University women's basketball team limited La Roche to 29-percent shooting, built a 17-point lead midway through the second half and went on to beat the Redhawks, 58-51, in a non-conference road game Thursday night.
Joncelyn Peterkin, a 6-2 senior center from West Mifflin, Pa., had 21 points and five blocks, and point guard April Austin, a junior from Penn Hills, Pa., added 12 and four steals to pace Point Park.
Point Park held a slim, 23-22 lead at halftime. The Pioneers shot 44 percent the first half, and although they cooled off to 33 percent (8 of 24) the second half, their stingy defense and a big second-half run helped them take control.
The score was tied at 27-27 with just under 15 minutes to play when Point Park rattled off an 18-1 run to take its biggest lead, 45-28, with 12:11 to go. And although La Roche cut it to single digits in the closing minutes, Point Park had enough defense and free throws to stay in front.
Point Park improved to 4-2 and played its third game in as many days. After absorbing a 72-61 loss to challenging opponent Fairmont State Tuesday, the Pioneers beat Penn State-Fayette, 91-29, in their home opener Wednesday.
La Roche, which has several players returning from last year's team that was 23-5 and made the NCAA Division III national tournament, fell to 1-1. La Roche shot 28 percent the first half and 29 percent (16 of 54) overall. The Redhawks were 1 of 12 from outside the 3-point arc.
Emily Schartner had 11 rebounds for Point Park, which held a 37-32 edge on the boards. Katresa Savisky chipped in nine points for the Pioneers.
La Roche had two double-digit scorers in Ariel Green (15) and Jessica Pitts (12). Pitts posted a double-double with a game-high 13 rebounds.
The final margin of seven points was the same separation that the teams had in free throws made. Point Park was 25 of 41 from the foul line, and La Roche was 18 of 31.
Peterkin was 7 of 14 from the field and 7 of 13 from the line. Austin was 7 of 10 from the line, and although she had a couple of late misses to give La Roche hope, she came right back and sealed the game moments later.
Point Park was up seven points, 56-49, when Austin missed a pair of free throws with 38 seconds left. La Roche scored on the other end to make it a five-point game with 15 seconds to go, but Austin's free throws stretched the lead back to seven, 58-51. La Roche then missed a pair of field goals in the closing seconds.
Point Park had scored the first six points of the game, but in an even first half, neither team led by more than four points. Shortly after its important, 18-1 run, Point Park was in front, 52-37. La Roche then went on a 14-4 spurt to cut the lead to 56-51, but by then it was too late.
Point Park concludes its busy stretch of playing four games in five days with its home game Saturday vs. Mt. Vernon Nazarene. Game time at CCAC-South Gymnasium is 2 p.m.
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