University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
at Columbia Union (MD) College - 02/27/05
Lady Cats Wrap Up Regular Season with 72-56 Win at Columbia Union
Coach Gault Earns Win #499 Head Coach Jodi Gault and the Lady Cats finished the 2004-05 regular season with three straight wins, including a 72-56 victory at Columbia Union (MD) College on Sunday. Senior forward Melissa Patterson's (Alexandria, Pa.) game-high 22 points led four Pitt Johnstown players who scored in double figures. In the process, Coach Gault earned her 499th career victory in 23 seasons at Pitt Johnstown. The Lady Cats, who will wait to see if they get a bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament, ended the regular season with 21-6 overall record.
Patterson, now ranked 16th on the Lady Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,196 career points, finished the day shooting 6-14 from the field and 9-13 from the free-throw line. Patterson also grabbed 10 rebounds, while junior guard Jaclyn Schirf (Loretto, Pa.) added a career-high 16 points, three rebounds and five assists. Junior center Samantha Conner (Everett, Pa.) scored 14 points and pulled down six rebounds, and sophomore forward Jessica Zapf (Pittsburgh, Pa.) chipped in 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for Pitt Johnstown.
The Lady Cats, who built a 39-25 halftime lead, dominated the Pioneers on the boards. Pitt Johnstown out rebounded Columbia Union 43-15, including a 23-3 advantage on the offensive end. The Lady Cats converted their 23 offensive rebounds into 26 points. Pitt Johnstown also forced 15 turnovers and turned them into 20 points. The Lady Cats, who finished the game shooting 44.6% (25-56) from the field, connected on five three-point field goals and 17 of their 25 free-throws.
Crystal Payne's 21 points, including 9-9 from the free-throw line, led Columbia Union. Jada Richardson was Columbia Union's only other player to score in double figures. Richardson ended with 18 points on 6-12 shooting from the field. With the loss, the Pioneers dropped to 3-23 on the year.
The Lady Cats will wait to see if they will get their 16th bid to the NCAA Regional Playoffs. This year's brackets will be released on Sunday, March 6 at 10 p.m.
Last Reviewed: February 27, 2005