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Basketball Game Recap

Point Park women go cold in second half of 55-48 loss to MVNU

Nov. 19, 2011

Kristen Beatty had 13 points for the Pioneers on Saturday. File Photo by Chelsey Engel.



WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- The Point Park University women's basketball team had very cold shooting in the second half of a 55-48, non-conference loss to visiting Mt. Vernon Nazarene University Saturday afternoon at CCAC-South Gymnasium.
And while the Pioneers (4-3) were shooting 14.8 percent (4 of 27) from the field the final 20 minutes, MVNU's Sierra Fletcher was on fire. The Cougars' point guard totaled 26 points and made 6 of 7 3-pointers on the day. She was 4 of 4 from long range the second half to help the visitors overcome a 31-27 lead at halftime.
Alexis Harkins had 10 points as the only other player in double figures for Mt. Venron (5-0), which has two wins over Point Park in the early going. Point Park lost its season opener at MVNU, 54-42.
Kristen Beatty had 13 points and four steals for Point Park, which shot 32 percent for the game. Emily Schartner added 12 points and eight rebounds, and April Austin chipped in 10 points. The Pioneers were just 4 of 17 from 3-point range. Leading scorer Joncelyn Peterkin, a center, was held to four points and eight rebounds.
Mt. Vernon Nazarene did not shoot much better than Point Park at 36 percent overall. But the Cougars had a big edge in second half shooting at 47 percent. Point Park was shot just 14.8 percent the final 20 minutes, which included 4 of 27 from the field and 1 of 9 from long range. The Cougars controlled the rebounding, 46-35.
Point Park enjoyed an early lead of 11-4 with 15:08 left in the first half. Point Park put together a 7-0 run to lead, 29-18 with 3:45 before the break.
Mt. Vernon Nazarene came out of the half with a quick, 8-2 spurt the first two minutes to snag a 35-33 advantage. The lead changed hands a couple of times before the Cougars built a 47-41 lead with 7:31 remaining.
Despite its cold shooting, Point Park was able to get within 47-45 with 4:11 to go, but Mt. Vernon got some key separation when Ainsleigh Krause got free for a layup and a 51-46 lead with 2:20 to go. As was the case all half, Point Park couldn't make a shot late, and Fletcher stretched out the margin to 55-46 by hitting four straight free throws.
Point Park is off until Dec. 1 when it travels to Boston, Mass., for a date at new American Mideast Conference member Fisher. The Falcons will visit Point Park Feb. 12 as part of the home-and-home arrangement within the conference this year.
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