University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
at Shepherd University - 02/21/05
Lady Cats Come Back From Halftime Deficit To Beat Shepherd, 86-73
Melissa Patterson finishes with career high 38 points. Head Coach Jodi Gault and the Lady Cats traveled to Shepherd (WV) University on Monday and rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit by outscoring the Rams 52-29 in the second half to earn an, 86-73, victory. Senior forward Melissa Patterson (Alexandria, Pa) scored a career-high 38 points to lead four Lady Cats who finished in double figures. Pitt Johnstown's team record of 37 made free-throws, including a 15-16 performance by Patterson, carried the Lady Cats to the victory.
Junior center Samantha Conner (Everett, Pa) finished with 17 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while junior guard Jaclyn Schirf (Loretto, Pa) and sophomore forward Jessica Zapf (Pittsburgh, Pa) tallied in 13 and 12 points, respectively to help Pitt Johnstown improve to 20-6 on the year.
With her 38-point effort, Patterson moved into 17th place on the Lady Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,174 points. Along with her 15-16 shooting from the free-throw line, Patterson ended the night shooting 10-20 from the field, including 3-5 from behind the three-point line. Patterson also made a game-high six steals and pulled down four rebounds.
After shooting just 10-23 (43.5%) from the field in the first half, the Lady Cats improved to shoot 13-22 (59.1%) in the second half. Pitt Johnstown's 37-41 (90.2%) shooting from the free-throw line (24-25 for 96.0% in the second half) broke the school record of 36 made free-throws in a game set on January 26, 1991 against Philadelphia Textile. The Lady Cats' strong defense held the Rams to just 45.2% (28-62) shooting from the field. Pitt Johnstown also forced 23 turnovers and made 18 steals.
LaToya Fisher's 16 points led three players who finished in double figures for Sheperd. Casey Landrum (14 points) and Carrie Kunkel (13 points) also scored in double figures for the Rams, who fell to 10-14 on the season.
Pitt Johnstown will finish the regular season on the road at Columbia Union (MD) College on Sunday.
Last Reviewed: February 22, 2005