University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
vs. Geneva College - 12/06/04
Lady Cats Improve to 6-1 With 72-65 Home Win Over Geneva College;
Zapf Grabs Career-High 16 Rebounds Head Coach Jodi Gault's Lady Cat basketball team battled back from a seven-point halftime deficit and went on to win its sixth straight game with a 72-65 victory over Geneva College Monday Night in the Sports Center. The victory marked the sixth straight for Pitt Johnstown after dropping its season-opener to Clarion University.
Pitt Johnstown earned this victory on the offensive and defensive boards and from the free-throw line. The Lady Cats outrebounded the Golden Tornados 37-27 and hit 18-19 (94.7%) from the free-throw line, compared to just 7-15 from the line for Geneva College. Both teams shots 47% from the field.
Senior forward Melissa Patterson (Alexandria, Pa.) led all scorers with 23 points, including 16 points in the second half, and sophomore forward Jessica Zapf (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills H.S.) scored eight points and pulled down a carreer-high 16 rebounds to lead Pitt Johnstown. Patterson also grabbed five rebounds and hit six of her seven free-throws. Junior center Samantha Conner chipped in 12 points and six rebounds, while sophomore guards Allison Krischer (Johnstown, Pa./Richland H.S.) and Jackie Anthony (Rochester, Pa./Rochester H.S.) tallied 11 and 10 points, respectively for the Lady Cats. Anthony's 10 points were four better than her previous high of six against Pfeiffer University on December 29, 2003.
After trailing 38-31 at halftime, the Lady Cats roared back to take the lead with 14:09 to play in the second half behind the red-hot shooting of Patterson. Pitt Johnstown never gave up the lead . The Lady Cats built a 12-point lead with just over two minutes to play, before going on to the seven-point victory. With the win, Pitt Johnstown improves to 6-1 on the season.
Geneva College was led by Ali Cananzi's 13 points. Teammates Kylee Kittner (12 points) and Megan Gallagher (11 points) also scored in double figures for the Golden Tornados, who dropped to 5-2 on the year.
Last Reviewed: December 6, 2004