Point Park women use late run to top Houghton, 59-47, in AMC play
Dec. 7, 2010
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. – After seeing its eight-point, second-half lead dwindle down to 42-41 with 9:28 to play, the Point Park University women’s basketball team closed the game on a 17-6 run to top Houghton College, 59-47, in an American Mideast Conference women’s basketball contest Tuesday at CCAC-South Gymnasium.
Point Park's Ashley Henderson had a game-high 18 points in Tuesday's win. Photo by Chelsey Engel.
The Pioneers (6-3, 1-1 AMC) worked a 42-34 lead over the Highlanders (4-5, 0-3) with 11:30 remaining only to have the visitors make things tight, 42-41, with 9:28 to go. But Point Park scored the next 12 points for a 54-41 lead with 3:53 left, and it enjoyed a double-digit lead the final 4:30.
The victory was Point Park’s third in a row and the second in as many nights. The Pioneers routed Pitt-Greensburg, 80-41, Monday.
Point Park senior guard Ashley Henderson led all scorers with 18 points, and junior center Joncelyn Peterkin totaled 16 points and nine rebounds. It was the second game in a row the Peterkin missed a double-double by a single rebound.
Sophomore point guard April Austin broke out of a scoring slump with 10 of her 13 points in the first half to lift the Pioneers to a 30-27 lead after 20 minutes. Point Park outscored Houghton, 29-20, the second half with 10 points coming from Peterkin.
The Point Park defense forced 23 turnovers on the night and held Houghton to 32-percent (8 of 25) shooting the second half. The Highlanders were 3 of 15 from 3-point range on the night.
The Pioneers shot 39 percent (22 of 56) and took pretty decent care of the ball with 11 turnovers. Houghton held a 36-34 advantage on the boards.
Ashley Dupler, a 6-1 center, totaled 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead Houghton, which was picked one spot of ahead of Point Park in the AMC preseason poll. Houghton was picked 6th of 12 teams, which means the conference’s coaches feel the Highlanders will get the final playoff spot this year.
Houghton used four layups and a 3-pointer to jump out to an 11-4 lead the first five minutes. But Point Park responded with a 15-2 run to lead 19-13 midway through the first half. Point Park went on to lead by as many as eight points, 29-21, late in the opening period.
The Pioneers finish up their current, seven-game home stand with home dates versus Salem International and Talladega (AL) on Dec. 14 and 18. Point Park’s next conference game is Jan. 4 at Carlow (7:30 p.m.).