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Point Park moves up two spots to No. 23, Peterkin named AMC Player of the Week

Feb. 6, 2012

Joncelyn Peterkin averaged 13.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.5 spg last week. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.

NAIA DII Top 25 Poll (Feb. 6)


PITTSBURGH -- Aided by the strong play of American Mideast Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week Joncelyn Peterkin, Point Park University moved up two spots to No. 23 in Monday's NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll (Feb. 6).
Peterkin, a senior center from West Mifflin, Pa., averaged 13.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals from Jan. 30 to Feb. 5. The 6-2 Peterkin shot 50 percent from the field to help the Pioneers (18-4, 9-0 AMC) to a pair of lopsided road wins of 25 and 28 points.
Point Park, which broke into the rankings for the first time in school history at No. 25 last week, stayed unbeaten in the AMC with victories at Wilberforce (83-58) and Houghton (77-49). The Pioneers have not lost since Dec. 3 and have won a school-record 13 in a row.
Peterkin did her part with 13 points, five rebounds and seven steals at Wilberforce. She followed that up with 14 points and seven rebounds at Houghton. She needed just 22 and 21 minutes, respectively, in those blowout wins to put up that production.
Peterkin shot 11 of 22 (50 percent) from the field and made 5 of 7 (71 percent) free throws. For the year, she is second on the team at 9.6 ppg and leads the Pioneers are 7.1 rpg and 2.3 blocks per game. The school-record holder for career and single-season blocks ranks 9th in the country in blocks per game.
Despite nine of last week's Top 25 teams losing at least one game since the last rankings, the biggest jump that any team experienced in the poll was an increase of three spots from No. 8 Jamestown (N.D.) and No. 14 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.).
Three teams are new to the poll. No. 24 St. Francis (Ind.) and two teams that are tied for No. 25 -- Marian (Ind.) and Cornerstone (Mich.) -- which paved the way for Point Park to bump up two spots. The Pioneers received 100 votes are were 20 votes outside the top 20.
Point Park is in action on Tuesday when it visits Walsh University for an AMC game at 6 p.m.
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