Point Park improves to 13-4, 4-0 AMC and ties school record with 8th win in a row
Jan. 17, 2012
April Austin set the school record for career 3-pointers made in Tuesday's win. File photo by Chelsey Engel.
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- The Point Park University women's basketball team continued its best start in program history and tied a school record with its 8th win in a row, a 65-50, American Mideast Conference triumph over visiting Houghton College Tuesday evening at CCAC-South Gym.
Point Park (13-4, 4-0 AMC) remained unbeaten in AMC play and stayed tied for first place in the conference standings by using its typical defense to frustrate Houghton (10-6, 2-2 AMC) in crunch time.
Houghton had trimmed Point Park's modest, 49-43 lead down to 49-48 with 7:53 to go. But Point Park, which ranks second in NAIA Division II in scoring defense (53.5 ppg) and field-goal percentage defense (.337), did not allow a basket the final 7:53 and outscored Houghton, 16-2, to close out the game. Only a couple of free throws prevented the Pioneers from pitching a shutout during that span.
Point Park's defense forced 37 Houghton turnovers and grabbed 22 steals. Houghton did shoot 61 percent from the field the second half, but that came on only 18 field goal attempts amid all the forced turnovers. For its part, Point Park made a season-low five turnovers.
Point Park has not lost since Dec. 4, and it will go for a school-record 9th win in a row Saturday at Roberts Wesleyan (2 p.m.).
Another bit of history came Tuesday in the form of April Austin. The junior guard from Penn Hills, Pa., and North Catholic High School hit two 3-pointers to take possession of Point Park's career record for 3-point field goals made. She entered the game tied for the all-time lead at 145 with Brittney Wilson (2006-10), and she now has 147 after talling 16 points, five assits and five steals in the win.
Austin's career 3-point record goes along with her single-season record of 65 treys as a freshman in 2009-10 and her single-game record of eight she set in a game Dec. 30 vs. Rio Grande.
Kristen Beatty, a senior guard/forward form Pittsburgh, Pa., and North Allegheny High School, sparked the Point Park offense to victory with a career-high 20 points to go along with eight rebounds. She had 12 points the second half to help Point Park outscore Houghton, 40-27, the final 20 minutes.
Katresa Savisky, a sophomore forward from Butler, Pa., and a transfer this year from Butler County CC, added 10 points, four rebounds and four steals off the bench.
Point Park forced 22 turnovers in the first half although that amounted to just a slim lead of 25-23 at the break. That's because Point Park shot just 21 percent -- 9 of 42 overall and 1 of 10 from long range -- the opening half.
The Pioneers rebounded to shot 45 percent the second half and 33 percent for the game. Houghton came in at 49 percent shooting overall, and it held a 44-39 edge in rebounds.
Houghton had three players in double figures led by its pair of productive swing players as Kristen Moose got her average of 16 points and Jennifer Hudson was just below her average at 13 points. But each of those players -- who account for most of the ball possession in the Houghton offense -- had nine turnovers apiece.
At 4-0 in the AMC, Point Park is tied atop the league standings with NAIA Division II No. 24 Daemen (15-4, 6-0 AMC), which beat Walsh, 58-54, on Tuesday night. Point Park continues AMC play Saturday when it visits Roberts Wesleyan for a 2 p.m. game. Each of the Pioneers' 10 remaining games are in conferenc action.
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