Point Park women use balanced scoring, tough defense to beat Walsh, 54-47
Jan. 3, 2011
Kristen Veseleny had 10 points and 7 rebounds vs. Walsh on Tuesday. File photo.
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- With a balanced scoring attack and its usual, stingy defense, the Point Park University women's basketball team beat visiting Walsh University, 54-47, in American Mideast Conference play Tuesday at CCAC-South Gymnasium.
The Pioneers (10-4, 2-0 AMC) handed Walsh (6-8, 3-1 AMC) its first conference loss by getting four starters in double figures and holding the Cavaliers to 31-percent shooting and less than 10 field goals in each half.
Kristen Beatty, a senior guard from Pittsburgh, Pa., and North Allegheny High School, tallied 14 points and six rebounds and also sank some free throws in the closing moments to put things out of reach.
Senior Joncelyn Peterkin, a 6-2 center from West Mifflin, Pa., had 10 points, eight rebounds, seven steals and four blocks. She rejected two shots as Walsh tried in desperation to score on its last possession.
Kristen Veseleny, a senior forward from Pleasant Hills, Pa., came up with 10 points and seven rebounds. Her offensive rebound and ensuing 3-point play gave Point Park a 51-44 lead with 3:44 to play.
Emily Schartner, a junior guard from Finleyville, Pa., chipped in 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals. She was only 2 of 10 from the field, but her huge trey gave Point Park a 48-44 lead with 5:57 left after Walsh had made things close.
The Point Park defense entered the game ranking fifth in NAIA Division II in opponent's scoring at 54.4 ppg. The Pioneers held true to form and actually took their scoring defense down to 53.9 ppg in Tuesday's win.
Point Park's field-goal percentage defense ranks seventh nationally, and it did not allow much room for Walsh. The Cavs made only 7 of 20 field goals the first half and were 9 of 32 (28 percent) the second half. Walsh was held to 31-percent shooting on the night.
Point Park shot 34 percent and although it was out-rebounded, 44-37, it made up for it by forcing 25 turnovers. The Pioneers had 17 turnovers themselves.
Neither team had much luck from the perimeter. Point Park was 3 of 12 and Walsh was 1 of 8 in a game that featured tough defense on both ends.
Center Kristi Yoder had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Walsh. Guard Tracy Payne added 14 points.
Point Park held a slim, 26-25 lead after a first half that featured nine ties and no lead for either team over three points. The Pioneers started the second half on an 11-2 run for a 37-27 advantage with 13:48 to go.
Point Park was still enjoying a lead of 41-36 midway through the half when Walsh began to make things tight. By the 5:57 mark, Walsh was within 45-44, but the outside jumper by Schartner, the 3-point play by Veseleny and the late free throws by Beatty sealed the deal for Point Park.
Point Park returns to AMC action Saturday when it hosts Wilberforce. Game time at CCAC-South Gym is 2 p.m.
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