University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
vs. California University (PA) - 01/26/05
Lady Cats Upset #6 California (PA), 73-70, in the Sports Center;
Patterson Scores Career-High 29 Points. After a red-hot shooting performance Monday night, Head Coach Jodi Gault's Lady Cats needed to stay hot when #6-ranked California University (PA) visited the Sports Center Wednesday night. And stay hot is what the Lady Cats did. Pitt Johnstown shot 58.3% (28-48) from the field and came away with a 73-70 upset over the Vulcans to improve to 13-4 on the season. Once again, senior forward Melissa Patterson, (Alexandria, Pa) led the way by scoring a career-high 29 points on 12-19 shooting from the field.
With the score tied 68-68 with :58 to play in the game, Patterson drained one of her three three pointers to give the Lady Cats a 71-68 lead. The Vulcans then responded 15 seconds later with a lay up to cut the lead to one, but junior center Samantha Conner (Everett, Pa.) was fouled on the next possession. Conner, who is currenlty ranked 42nd in the country in Free-Throw Percentage, sank both free-throws with 12 seconds remaining to seal the victory for the Lady Cats.
Conner finished with 12 points and a game-high six rebounds, while sophomore guard Allison Krisher (Johnstown, Pa) contributed to the victory with ball-control, dishing out a game-high six assists and making a team-high five steals. She also added seven points. Junior guard Jaclyn Schirf (Loretto, Pa.) scored eight points and sophomore guard Jami Oaks (South Fork, Pa.) chipped in seven points off the bench. Sophomore forward Jessica Zapf (Pittsburgh, Pa.) tallied six points and four rebounds to help lead the Lady Cats to victory.
Along with their 58.3% shooting from the field , the Lady Cats finished the game shooting 42.9% (6-14) from behind the three-point line and 84.6% (11-13) from the free-throw line. Pitt Johnstown's defense also held strong by holding the Vulcans to just 44.8% (30-67) shooting from the field and 20.0% (2-10) from behind the three-point line. The Lady Cats also created 25 turnovers and made 15 steals.
Erin Dillion's 26 points, Sarah McKinney's 16 points and 6 rebounds, led the way for California (PA). Kim Nowakowski had 11 points off the bench for the Vulcans, who dropped to 15-3 on the season.
The Lady Cats will begin a three-game road trip at Indiana University (PA) on Saturday. Pitt Johnstown will return home to host West Virginia State on Monday, February 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sports Center.
Last Reviewed: January 26, 2005