Point Park drops AMC game at Northwestern Ohio, 77-69
Jan. 12, 2010
LIMA, Ohio -- The Point Park University women's basketball team had its three-game American Mideast Conference winning streak snapped Tuesday with a 77-69 loss at Northwestern Ohio.
The Pioneers (7-5 overall, 3-1 AMC) trailed for much of the game, but they cut the Northwestern Ohio lead to 64-62 with just under three minutes to go.
Then Northwestern Ohio (11-4, 4-2) scored 11 points in a row to put the game out of reach, 75-62, with less than 60 seconds to play. The Racers, who were in the 'others receiving votes' section of this week's NAIA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll, improved to 7-1 at home.
Sophomore center Joncelyn Peterkin (West Mifflin/West Mifflin), who transferred from Carlow this year, had her best game in a Point Park uniform. The 6-2 center (pictured left) led the Pioneers with season highs of 15 points and six blocks. Peterkin was 7 of 10 from the field and was the only Point Park player to shoot above 50 percent.
Freshman point guard April Austin (Penn Hills/North Catholic) had an impressive all-around game for the Pioneers with 10 points to go along with season highs of nine assists and eight rebounds. Austin reached double figures in scoring for the ninth time in a row and the 11th time in 12games this year.
Point Park junior guard Heather Swedish (Sewickley/Avonworth) earned her first start of the season and responded with 11 points highlighted by three 3-pointers.
Point Park had won its first three AMC games, but Tuesday's contest was its first conference game in over a month. The Pioneers last played an AMC game Dec. 9 when they beat Carlow to improve to 3-0 in the league.
The Pioneers trailed by three at halftime, 38-35. But the Racers extended the lead to 13 points, 53-40, within the first five minutes of the second half.
Point Park still trailed by double digits, 60-48, with 9:00 to go before beginning to cut into the lead. The Pioneers rattled off a 10-2 run to trim the deficit to 62-58 with 4:33 remaining. The run was capped off by a 3-pointer from Rachel Roddy (Greensburg/Greensburg Salem), who had season highs of nine points and five rebounds.
Two possessions later, Austin's jumper cut Northwestern Ohio's lead to 64-62 at the 2:58 mark. But the Racers would score the next 11 points to take control.
Alexa Kennedy started the spurt with a 3-pointer for the Racers, and after a turnover, Kelly Warris quickly made it a seven-point game, 69-62 with a little more than two minutes to play.
Then Ashley Jackson and Amanda Francis each scored inside to extend the Northwestern Ohio lead to 75-62 with 41 seconds on the clock. Jackson and Francis provided most of the offense on the night with 25 and 24 points, respectively.
Point Park's Ashley Henderson (Greensburg/Greensburg Central Catholic) chipped in eight points and nine rebounds while teammate Terrica Jones (West Mifflin/West Mifflin) contributed seven points and eight rebounds.
Tuesday's meeting marked Point Park's first-ever trip to Northwestern Ohio. The Racers joined the AMC last year, and they had competed on the junior college level in previous years. The schools played for the first time last season, and the Racers won 68-66 in overtime in a game that was played at Quicken Loans Arena, the home of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.
Northwestern Ohio recenlty announced that it has been accepted as a member of the NAIA Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference beginning next year. This season will the the Racers' last in the AMC.
The Pioneers have lost three games in a row, and their season-long skid started Dec. 29-30 with two losses at the Northwood (Fla.) Classic. In that event, the Pioneers lost to Indiana Wesleyan and Cedarville, a pair teams that are each ranked in the top 10 of this week's NAIA Division II poll.
Point Park will try to get back on the winning track with an AMC game at Malone Thursday. Game time is 5:30 p.m., and fans can listen to the game live on internet radio via the MSA Sports Network. Visit the women's basketball schedule on www.pointpark.edu/athletics for links to the broadcast.