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Malone edges Point Park

Malone edges Point Park, 61-57, in AMC game

Jan. 31, 2009

CANTON, Ohio – The Point Park women’s basketball team lost to Malone (Ohio), 61-57, Saturday in an American Mideast Conference game.

Point Park (8-10 overall, 2-7 AMC) committed 20 turnovers and had its two-game AMC winning streak snapped. Malone (6-15, 3-7) won for the second time in as many days and avenged a 67-57 loss at Point Park in AMC crossover game Nov. 25.

Point Park led 22-18 at halftime after limiting Malone to 17-percent shooting the first 20 minutes. Malone shot 52 percent (15-for-29) the second half, and Amy Kittle scored 19 of her game-high 23 points after halftime. Kittle, who scored four points in the Nov. 25 matchup, was 4-for-4 from 3-point range the second half.

Point Park shot 58 percent the second half and 45 percent (21-for-47) for the game, but could not overcome its turnovers. Malone shot 35 percent (20-for-58) for the game and had 13 turnovers.

Ashleigh Hays (Pleasant Hills/Thomas Jefferson) scored a season-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Point Park. Ashley Henderson (Greensburg/Greensburg Central Catholic) added 12 points and six rebounds for the Pioneers, who played without two key players.

Leading rebounder and second-leading scorer Terrica Jones (Pittsburgh/West Mifflin), who averages 10.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, was out with a head injury she sustained Tuesday in a 79-61 win over Carlow. Katy Auth (Bellevue/Northgate), a key reserve guard and top defensive player, missed her second straight game with an ankle injury.

Point Park led 24-18 early in the second half on a layup by Marissa Reinhard (Plum/Plum), but Malone responded with an 11-2 run. Kittle closed out the spurt with a jumper and two 3-pointers to give the Pioneers a 29-26 lead with 16:56 to play.

Henderson and Brittney Wilson (Pittsburgh/West Mifflin) nailed back-to-back treys to forge a 42-42 tie with 8:46 to go. Malone built a 53-46 lead three minutes later, and Point Park got within 53-50 on Wilson’s layup with 4:12 left.
After Malone took a 57-50 lead, Hays converted a 3-point play to make it 57-53 with 3:07 on the clock. Henderson then nailed two free throws to trim the margin to 57-55 at the 1:57 mark.

Then Kittle made the first of two free throws, and although she missed the second, Nicole Fehr pulled down the offensive rebound, and Kittle scored inside to put Malone ahead, 60-55 with 1:11 to play. Hays hit a jumper on Point Park’s next possession, but the Pioneers would get no closer.

Allyson Wilson finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Malone. Malone held a 36-33 edge in rebounds.

Point Park led 8-3 in the early going on a 3-pointer by Heather Swedish (Swickley/Avonworth). The Pioneers led 12-3 with 12:55 left in the first half on a layup by Reinhard.

Ashley Bergman (Pittsburgh/West Mifflin) gave Point Park its biggest lead, 22-11, at the 5:41 mark, but the Pioneers did not score the rest of the half. During that span, Point Park was 0-for-6 from the field and committed four of its 11 first-half turnovers.

Point Park welcomes Roberts Wesleyan Friday (5:30 p.m.) for an AMC game at CCAC South Gymnasium. Roberts Wesleyan (5-11, 1-7) lost to Northwestern Ohio, 80-70, Saturday.

The Pioneers play host to Hougthon Saturday (2 p.m.) in an AMC game. Houghton (8-10, 2-6) lost to Ursuline, 71-63, Saturday. The Highlanders defeated Notre Dame, 65-62, Saturday.

Point Park will raise money and awareness for breast cancer Saturday when the Point Park Student Athlete Council hosts a WBCA Pink Zone™ game. Proceeds of the game will be donated to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund™ and Kim’s Krusaders.