No. 23 Point Park women roll past Fisher, set program record for victories
Feb. 12, 2012
Point Park is 20-5 and beat the previous school record of 19 wins. Photo by Hunter Tresnicky
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- The Point Park University women's basketball team celebrated its Senior Day on Sunday with an easy, 88-50 win over American Mideast Conference foe Fisher College and also set a program record for victories in a season.
The Pioneers, ranked No. 23 in Monday's NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, improved to 20-5 overall and 11-1 in the AMC. Point Park has its first 20-win season in school history and bested the previous record for wins set by the 1993-94 team that finished 19-12.
Point Park had a very easy time with Fisher (0-28, 0-14 AMC), which is located in Boston, Mass., and is new to the AMC this year.
Seniors honored before the game inlcuded Kristen Beatty, Joncelyn Peterkin, Kristen Veseleny, April Austin, Terrica Jones and Emily Anderson.
Point Park was up, 46-28, at halftime, and all 15 of its players had already been in the game at that point. For the day, the Pioneers had 14 different players score. Joncelyn Peterkin led the scoring with 13 points and eight rebounds, and reserve post player Anna-Maria Boshkova was close behind with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
No Point Park starter played more than 15 minutes, and they saw just a couple of minutes in the second half. The Pioneers got 55 points from their bench, which included nine from Sarah Sandin, seven each from Teresa Davis and Ashley Campbell and six from Brittany Dunmire.
Leading 46-28 at halftime, the Point Park starters put together a quick, 10-2 run in the first three minutes of the second half and exited the game with the score 56-30. They played only a couple of minutes each the rest of the way.
Point Park's lead reached 40 points, 78-38, with 7:31 to go.
Point Park was ahead, 10-3, after less than two minutes as Emily Schartner hit two 3-pointers for six of her eight points. Fisher got back into it at 15-10 at the 15:28 mark, but Point Park outscored the Falcons, 27-5 over the next 11 minutes. By then, the Pioneers were ahead, 42-20, with 4:05 left in the half.
Point Park's point guards shared the ball well as starter April Austin totaled four points, five assists and three steals. Reserve point guards Davis and Maura McCaslin came up with three and four assists, respectively.
Point Park hot 39.6 percent, and held Fisher to 31.5 percent. The PIoneers controlled the boards, 65-30, and won the turnover battle, 20-11.
Javanna Bernard led Fisher with 24 points. Pamala Bounenkhoune had 11 points in 15 minutes before leaving the game with a knee injury. Fisher had six players available, and Bounenkhoune was one of two who went down with an injury before the game was through.
With the win, the Pioneers stregthened their possibility to earn the No. 1 seed in the upcoming AMC playoffs. Point Park holds a two-game lead over second-place Daemen (10-2 AMC) with each team having two games left on its schedule.
Point Park is 11-1 in the AMC, but its adjusted record that does not include results versus playoff non-eligible Walsh is 10-0. Similary, Daemen is 10-2 in the AMC, but only 8-2 in the adjusted standings that don't include results versus Walsh. Thus, there lies Point Park's two-game lead with two games to play.
Point Park visits Carlow (12-12, 4-8 AMC) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Point Park won the previous meeting this year over the Celtics, 67-46. Tuesday's game will be played at Oakland Catholic High School. Admission is free.
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