University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. Edinboro University - 12/30/04

Lady Cats Fall to Edinboro in Title Game of Pitt Johnstown Mountain Cat Tournament;
Samantha Conner Named to All-Tournament Team

After an exciting come-from-behind victory to reach the championship game of the 2004 Pitt Johnstown Mountain Cat Tournament, Head Coach Jodi Gault's team found itself in a similar situation in Thursday's title game against Edinboro University. Unfortunately, Pitt Johnstown could not complete the come-back and suffered its second loss of the season, a 61-58 setback to the Fighting Scots. Junior center Samantha Conner (Everett, Pa.) was named to the All-Tournament Team after scoring 33 points and grabbing 18 rebounds in the two games.
Conner's game-highs of 17 points and nine rebounds against Edinboro paced the Lady Cats, while senior forward Melissa Patterson (Alexandria, Pa.) collected 16 points and connected on eight of her ten free-throw attempts. Sophomore forward Jami Oaks (South Fork, Pa.) gave Pitt Johnstown a spark by scoring nine points and grabbing two rebounds off of Coach Gault's bench. Sophomore forward Jessica Zapf (Pittsburgh, Pa.) also pulled down eight rebounds in the loss.
Similar to Wedensday's opening game against Mercyhurst College, Pitt Johnstown found itself having to dig out of a double-digit defict. The Lady Cats trailed 31-23 at halftime and 41-27 with 15:05 to play in the game, but battled back to tie the game on Oaks' jump shot with 2:13 to play. However, Edinboro's Jodi Calderone drained a three-point field goal with 1:38 left in the game to seal the victory.
The Lady Cats outrebounded the Fighting Scots 34-33 and connected on 17-22 (77.3%) from the free-throw line, compared to just 5-7 (71.4%) from the free-throw line for Edinboro. However, the Fighting Scots held Pitt Johnstown to just 40.0% (20-50) shooting from the field. In addition, Edinboro hit six three-point field goals, while the Lady Cats were just 1-8 from behind the three-point line.
With the victory, Edinboro raised its record to 8-2 and Pitt Johnstown fell to 8-2 on the season.
In Thursday's consolation game, Bloomfield (NJ) College defeated Mercyhurst College, 64-54 behind game-highs of 16 points and 17 rebounds from freshman forward Shantae Barnes. Taquila Hendry and Marissa Franklin added 11 and 10 points, respectively for the Lady Deacons, who improved to 6-4 on the year. Julie Anderson's 13 points led four Lakers who scored in double figures. Anderson also grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds, for the Lakers, who fell to 4-8.

Callie Iorfido (Edinboro)

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Jodi Calderone (Edinboro), Samantha Conner (Pitt Johnstown), Shantae Barnes (Bloomfield) and Julie Anderson (Mercyhurst)
Last Reviewed: December 30, 2004