Point Park women improve to 10-4 with win at Carlow, Henderson nears milestone
Jan. 4, 2011
PITTSBURGH – Ashley Henderson scored a game-high 20 points, and April Austin added 15 to lead Point Park University to a 64-44 victory at Carlow University in an American Mideast Conference game Tuesday night.
With the win Point Park improved to 10-4 overall and 2-1 in the AMC. The Pioneers matched the 1984-85 season for the fastest to 10 wins in school history. Point Park was also 10-4 after 14 games that year.
The Pioneers have won seven of their last eight games, and they have beaten Carlow (6-6) the last five meetings dating back to the start of the 2008-09 season.
Henderson, who was named the AMC Player of the Week (Dec. 27-Jan.2) earlier in the day, continued her hot streak and her march toward 1,000 career points. The 5-10, senior guard from Greensburg, Pa., has scored 65 points the last three games to give her 995 for her Point Park career.
In addition to her 20 points, Henderson tallied seven rebounds and six assists. Austin, a sophomore point guard from Penn Hills, Pa., totaled 15 points, eight assists, six rebounds and five steals.
Junior swing player Kristen Beatty, from Pittsburgh, Pa., had a team-high nine rebounds, eight points and three blocks. Junior center Joncelyn Peterkin, a West Mifflin, Pa., native who spent her freshman season at Carlow, had seven points, six rebounds and two blocks.
Point Park did not score the first 5:07, but Carlow managed just two points in the span. The Pioneers’ halftime lead of 30-23 matched their biggest advantage the first 20 minutes. Point Park built a 48-32 edge midway through the second half and were ahead, 60-41, with under five minutes to go.
The Pioneers shot 45 percent from the field, held Carlow to 36-percent shooting and owned a rebounding edge of 42-31. Sarah McAteer was the only Carlow player in double figures with 12.
Now at the midway point of the season and still with 13 conference games remaining on the schedule, Point Park will be tested in its next two games. Tuesday’s opponent, Daemen (12-3, 3-0 AMC) is ranked # 14 in NAIA Division II. After that, the Pioneers return home to host #11 Cedarville (11-3, 3-0) on Jan. 15.
Henderson is in her third year with the Pioneers after spending her freshman season at NCAA Division I schools Pitt and Canisius. The two-time All-AMC selection leads the Pioneers with a career-high 18.0 ppg this season. She has scored 20 points the last two games, and she totaled 25 points in an upset of NAIA DII #25 Notre Dame last Thursday.