Pioneers make season-high 15 treys in win, Henderson scores 28 points
Jan. 26, 2010
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. - The Point Park University women's basketball team made a season-high 15 3-pointers in a 94-56 victory over Ursuline in an American Mideast Conference game at CCAC South Gymnasium Tuesday night.
The Pioneers (10-9 overall, 6-5 AMC) made 5 of 7 treys the first four minutes to jump out to a 17-8 lead and led from start to finish. On the night, Point Park was 15 of 37 (41 percent) from beyond the arc to eclipse its previous season high of 12 3-pointers in the second game of the year versus Midway (Ky.).
Point Park entered the game ranking ninth in NAIA Division II with an average of 8.1 treys per game. After Tuesday's hot performance, the Pioneers are averaging 8.5 3-pointers per game.
Point Park's Ashley Henderson (Greensburg/Greensburg Salem) hit four of her team's first five treys. By the time Ursuline called a timeout at the 15:42 mark of the first half, Henderson had 12 points and Point Park was ahead, 17-8.
Henderson (pictured) finished with 28 points on 10 of 13 shooting, which included a 5-for-7 performance from long range. The All-AMC first-team guard also added nine rebounds and five steals.
By halftime, Henderson had 19 points on 7 of 8 shooting to help Point Park take a 51-30 lead at the break. The Greensburg, Pa., native headed to the bench early in the lopsided game or may have had a chance to match her career high of 29 points or perhaps register her second-straight double-double.
In seven games since Jan. 14, Henderson is averaging 18.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. That stretch includes a career-high 29 points versus Daemen on Saturday and 13 points and 10 assists versus No. 8 Shawnee State on Sunday. For the season, she is averaging 12.9 points per game.
Senior Brittney Wilson (West Mifflin/West Mifflin) tallied 17 points, and her third 3-pointer of the game stretched Point Park's lead to 30 points, 67-37, with 14:35 to play.
Sophomore Terrica Jones (West Mifflin/West Mifflin) tied a season high with 12 points and tied a career high with 14 rebounds. Jones helped the Pioneers hold a 51-32 advantage in rebounds, and the 5-10 forward grabbed 11 of Point Park's 25 offensive rebounds. Point Park held a 25-3 edge in offensive boards.
Senior forward Marissa Reinhard (Plum/Plum) came off the bench to score a season-high 11 points and grab six rebounds. Reinhard hit a long-range jumper to give the Pioneers an 83-45 lead with 6:25 remaining.
Freshman point guard April Austin (Penn Hills/North Catholic) scored all nine of her points from beyond the arc and finished with seven assists compared to just one turnover.
Also getting in on the act from long range were Ashley Bergman (West Mifflin/West Mifflin) with six points on two 3-pointers and Heather Swedish (Avonworth/Sewickley) with five points and one trey.
Ursuline (5-18, 1-11 AMC) committed 21 of its 31 turnovers in the first half to fall behind by 21 points at the break. When the Arrows did get a shot the first 20 minutes, they connected on 53 percent (10 of 19) accuracy. But the final 20 minutes, Ursuline shot 32 percent (8 of 25).
The Pioneers held a 36-6 advantage in points off turnovers and led 22-2 in second-chance points.
Point Park shot 41 percent from 3-point range and 38 percent (18 of 47) from inside the arc. Overall, the Pioneers shot 39 percent (33 of 84) from the field.
The Pioneers surpassed the 90-point mark for the second time this year. The Pioneers beat Midway, 97-88, on Nov. 14, and that was the only other time they scored that many.
Ursuline's Brittany Nair scored 24 points and made 5 of 9 3-pointers. Krysti Tietze nailed a trio of 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. The Arrows were 11 of 24 (46 percent) from beyond the arc.
Point Park continues conference play at Notre Dame (OH) Thursday at 6 p.m. The Pioneers will try to avenge a 70-66 home loss to the Falcons Jan. 16. Point Park took a 54-36 halftime lead in that game.
At 6-5 in the AMC, Point Park remains in eighth place in the conference, the same spot it was in before Tuesday's win. Cedarville (9-1 AMC) and Walsh (9-2) sit atop the AMC standings, but the next six teams are separated by just two games.
After visiting Notre Dame (OH) Thursday, Point Park welcomes Cedarville, the No. 3 team in the country, Saturday at 2 p.m.
Pictured above: Point Park's Ashley Henderson drives for two of her 28 points vs. Ursuline Tuesday night at CCAC South Gymnasium. Photo by Murphy Moschetta.