University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. Alderson-Broaddus (WV) College - 01/09/12

ATH11_159_SleighterK_TLady Cats Pummel Battlers for Fifth Staright Win
     01/09/12... (Box Score) The Lady Cat basketball team raced out to a 14-0 lead and never let Alderson-Broaddus (WV) College get closer than 10 points in a 78-44 WVIAC victory over the Battlers, Monday evening in the Sports Center.  Kelsey Sleighter (Uniontown, Pa.) scored a career-high 16 points to lead Pitt-Johnstown to its fifth straight win and help the Lady Cats improve to 5-7 overall and 3-5 in conference-play. 
     It was all Lady Cats from the start.  Sparked by 10 points on 5-6 shooting off the bench from Grace Hyland (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Pitt-Johnstown scored the first 14 points and opened up a 25-point lead late in the first half.
     Hyland's lay-up at 12:38 capped the 14-0 run to start the game, but back-to-back baskets by Zipporah Tidwell cut the Alderson-Broaddus deficit to 10 1:15 later.
     That was as close as the Battlers would get.
     Amber Smith (Morgantown, WV) connected on one of five Pitt-Johnstown's first half 3-pointers with six minutes left to extend the lead to 19, before Hyland scored again in the paint with 15 second remaining to give the Lady Cats a 25-point advantage.
     Alderson-Broaddus got a Natalie Smith 3-pointer as time expires to make it 40-18 at the break.
     Pitt-Johnstown came out just as hot in the second half with consecutive 3-pointers from Nicole Carman (Cleveland, OH) and Kayla Loughner (Brinklow, MD) to push the lead to 28 at 46-18.
     Tidwell's basket at 14:24 made it an 18-point game, but the Lady Cats scored the next 11 points to build the lead to 61-32 on Kelsey Sleighter's (Uniontown, Pa.) jumper with 11:26 to play, before the Lady Cats rolled to the 34-point win.
     Sleighter's 16 points led a balanced Pitt-Johnstown attack that saw all 10 players get on the scoresheet.  Carman had 14 points and seven rebounds, while Hyland added 13 points off the bench.  Loughner and Smith each finished with nine points, and Rachel Johnson (Palmyra, Pa.) grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
     The Lady Cats, who held a 41-33 advantage in rebounding, shot 43.1% from the field with eight 3-pointers.  Pitt-Johnstown also hit 14-15 from the free-throw line.  The Battlers were held to just 33.3% shooting, including just 2-16 from 3-point range.  Alderson-Broaddus was 8-12 from the charity stripe.
     Tidwell's game-high 22 points, and Amanda Peoples' 10 rebounds led the way for teh Battlers, who fell to 5-7 overall and 3-6 in the WVIAC.
     The Lady Cats travel to Davis & Elkins (WV) College for a WVIAC game on Thursday, before hosting a WVIAC doubleheader with the Mountain Cats against Ohio Valley (WV) University on Saturday in the Sports Center.  The Lady Cats will tip-off at 1 p.m., followed by the men's game at 3 p.m.