Point Park can't overcome cold shooting from long range in 59-56 loss
Nov. 16, 2010
FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The Point Park University women’s basketball team could not overcome its 1-for-18 shooting performance from 3-point range in a game it ended up losing by three points, 59-56, at non-conference Fairmont State Tuesday night.
The Pioneers’ slump from long range ended up costing them a chance at beating a Fairmont State team that was 22-10 last year and played in the NCAA Division II national tournament. Point Park (1-2) entered the game shooting 48 percent (16 of 29) from long range on the season.
Point Park missed its first 17 3-point attempts Tuesday, and the Pioneers finally connected from long range when Heather Swedish’s trey cut the Fairmont State lead to 51-49 with 3:28 to go.
Point Park (1-2) went on to take a 55-53 lead on a pair of free throws from Joncelyn Peterkin with 1:16 left, but Fairmont State (1-0) went ahead, 56-55, on a big 3-pointer by Kaitlin Snyder with 1:03 remaining.
Point Park tied things up at 56-56 on a free throw by April Austin with 42 seconds on the clock. Then Fairmont State’s Rachel Murray converted a free throw with 17 seconds left for a 57-56 lead, and although she missed the second foul shot, the Fighting Falcons got the rebounds
The Pioneers were forced to foul, and Snyder hit both free throws with nine seconds to go for a 59-56 lead. At the other end, Point Park missed a 3-pointer to finish the night 1 of 18 from long range.
Point Park senior guard Ashley Henderson (pictured) led the Pioneers with 17 points on 7 of 14 shooting. Junior center Joncelyn Peterkin chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds. The Pioneers shot 34 percent (22 of 64) from the field. Not including Henderson and Peterkin, the rest of the team shot 27 percent (11 of 41).
Fairmont State was 22-10 last year and made it to the NCAA Division II national tournament. Although the Fighting Falcons have to replace three starters and their top scorer from last year’s team, their lone returning starters came up big in the season-opening win Tuesday.
Rachel Murray, a 6-3 senior, scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The other returning starter, Snyder, had 19 points, five rebounds and four assists, and hit two big 3-pointers. Fairmont State was on 5 of 19 (26 percent) from long range.
The Fighting Falcons shot 43 percent (23 of 53) from the field and held a 39-36 edge in rebounds. Point Park forced 21 turnovers and committed 14 turnovers itself.
Kristen Veseleny contributed eight points and seven rebounds for Point Park. Anna-Maria Boshkova, a sophomore who spent her freshman season at Fairmont State, had seven points and six rebounds versus her former team. The 6-1 forward from Bulgaria made her first start with the Pioneers.
Point Park held a slim, 26-25, lead at halftime as neither team led by more than five points the first 20 minutes. The Pioneers enjoyed leads of 13-8 and 15-10, and Fairmont State eventually worked a 24-19 cushion.
Fairmont State was ahead, 35-34 with 12:25 to go, but Point Park mounted a 10-3 spurt for a 44-38 lead at the 8:56 mark. The Point Park run ended with Henderson and Peterkin each scoring a basket off a turnover, and that forced the Fighting Falcons to call timeout.
Fairmont State responded out of the timeout with a 13-0 run that gave the hosts a 51-44 advantage. Snyder and Murray accounted for the last nine points of the spurt.
Point Park entered Tuesday’s game averaging seven 3-pointers a game, and it returned almost all the players from last year’s team that averaged 7.3 treys per game as one of the top long-range threats in the AMC. The last time Point Park made as few as one 3-pointer was in Nov. 22, 2008 in a 51-43, home loss to Northwood (Fla.).
Point Park’s next game is Monday at non-conference Penn State-Fayette (5:30 p.m.). The Pioneers open their home schedule the following night with a date versus Geneva next Tuesday at 7 p.m. Point Park plays its home games at CCAC-South Gymnasium in West Mifflin, Pa.