Point Park women rout Midway (Ky.) in consolation game of Bevo Francis Tourney
Nov. 13, 2010
RIO GRANDE, Ohio – The Point Park University women’s basketball team extended its 17-point, halftime lead to 30 points early in the second half on its way to a 79-54 victory over Midway (Ky.) in the consolation game of the Bevo Francis Tournament hosted by the Univ. of Rio Grande on Saturday.
The Pioneers (1-1) led, 45-28, at the break, and after scoring the first eight points of the second stanza for a 25-point lead, they quickly bumped the lead to 30, 63-33, shortly thereafter.
Midway (1-5), an NAIA Division I school from the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, committed 35 turnovers. When the Eagles didn’t turn it over, they shot 50 percent (20 of 40) from the field, but Point Park’s pressing defense resulted in 19 steals to provide the difference.
Joncelyn Peterkin, a 6-2, junior center, led the way with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The West Mifflin, Pa., native who is in her second year at Point Park since transferring from Carlow, registered the first double-double of her Point Park career. The 16 points are her most with the Pioneers.
Ashley Henderson, a senior guard from Greensburg, Pa., totaled 14 points and seven assists to earn a spot on the all-tournament team. The former Pitt recruit had 39 points and 12 assists in the two-day event.
Point guard April Austin, a sophomore from North Catholic HS, tallied 12 points and eight assists. Like Henderson, she had 25 points on Friday. Sophomore forward Anna-Maria Boshkova, a native of Bulgaria and a transfer from Fairmont State, scored 11 points for the second game in a row.
Saturday’s lopsided win allowed Point Park to bounce back from Friday’s close loss to host Rio Grande, 89-84. Point Park had led by 11 points early in the second half of that game, but Rio Grande (3-0) mounted a second-half charge to remain unbeaten.
Midway entered Saturday’s game coming of an 80-70 loss to Daemen, which was getting votes in the NAIA Division II poll and was picked to finish third in the AMC this year. Point Park’s next game is Tuesday at NCAA Division II Fairmont State, which will be a homecoming of sorts for the Pioneers’ newcomer Boshkova.
After building the 30-point lead of 63-53, Point Park later went on to lead by 26, 73-47, as time wore down. Point Park used balance scoring in the first half to put up 45 points and establish a 17-point lead. The Pioneers had eight players reach the scoring column the first 20 minutes with no one in double figures. Peterkin’s eight points and eight rebounds were the most on the team at the break.
Point Park shot 48 percent (31 of 65) from the field and 39 percent (5 of 13) from 3-point range. Point Park shot 12 of 15 from the foul line, and the Pioneers shot 81 percent (25 of 31) from the foul line this weekend.
Midway made 5 of 11 shots from beyond the arc. The Eagles committed 19 of their 35 turnovers in the first half to fall behind early. Point Park defeated Midway, 97-88, in the consolation game of last year’s tournament.
Daemen (1-0) and Rio Grande (3-0) were scheduled to meet in the championship game Saturday at 3 p.m.