University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. West Virginia Wesleyan College - 11/29/11

ATH11_160_SmithA_TLady Cats Stumble at Home to W.Va. Wesleyan
     11/29/11... (Box Score) West Virginia Wesleyan College took the lead five minutes into the game and never gave it up on its way to handing the Lady Cats a 76-67 WVIAC loss, Tuesday night in the Sports Center.  Amber Smith's (Morgantown, WV) career-high 19 points and six rebounds led Pitt-Johnstown, now 0-5 overall and 0-3 in conference-play.
     West Virginia Wesleyan also hit 30-35 from the free-throw line, compared to Pitt-Johnstown's 14-18 from the charity stripe.

     Nicole Carman (Cleveland, OH) scored in the paint to give the Lady Cats their only lead of the night 3:09 into the game.  After that, West Virginia Wesleyan slowly took control and built an 11-point halftime advantage.
     Jamie Kaufman's free-throw tied it at six a minute later, before the Bobcats took the lead for good at 14:46 on three Lydia Bridenbaugh free-throws after she was fouled shooting a 3-pointer.
     West Virginia Wesleyan increased its lead 30-21 on a Kaufman bucket with just over three-minutes left in the half.
     Pitt-Johnstown pulled to within seven on Smith's short jumper in the paint, but Bridenbaugh scored a pair of baskets off of two straight Lady Cat turnovers in the final 16 seconds to increase the lead to 36-25 at the break.
     Kelsey Sleighter (Uniontown, Pa.) scored for Pitt-Johnstown to open the second half and ignite a 9-1 Lady Cat run to cut the deficit to 37-34 on Sleighter's put-back at 15:46.
     However, Daria Abors'Kina hit a three-pointer, and Kaufman made another free-throw to push the Bobcats back in front by nine at 45-36 at the 13:41 mark.
     Brittany Maxey made one of two free-throws with 9:25 to play to help West Virginia Wesleyan match their 11-point halftime lead, and it was all Bobcats the rest of the way.
     West Virginia Wesleyan took its largest lead of the night of 17 with 5:40 remaining, before holding off a late Lady Cat surge and going on to the nine-point victory.
     Smith's 19 points and six rebounds led four Pitt-Johnstown players who scored in double-figures.  Kaitlynn Fratz (Accident, MD) scored 15 points, while Sleighter had 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds, and Sara Trimarco (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) collected 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.
     Both teams struggled shooing the ball.  The Lady Cats shot 37.7% (26-69) from the field and just 1-8 from 3-point range, while the Bobcats shot just 35.6% from the floor and 4-12 from behind the 3-point line.
Bridenbaugh's 26 points, including 11-11 from the free-throw line, and eight rebounds, and Kaufman's 26 points and nine rebounds led the way for West Virginia Wesleyan, which improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the WVIAC.
     The Lady Cats host a WVIAC doubleheader with the Mountain Cats against Glenville State (WV) College on Saturday at 1 p.m. in theSports Center, before traveling to Concord (WV) University for another conference game on Saturday, December 10.