University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
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vs. Ohio Valley (WV) University - 01/14/12

ATH11_152_FratzK_TLady Cats Suffer Loss to Ohio Valley In Sports Center
     01/14/12... (Box Score) Ohio Valley (WV) University outscored the Lady Cats 36-22 in the second half to overcome an eight-point halftime deficit and hand Pitt-Johnstown a 62-56 WVIAC loss, Saturday afternoon in the Sports Center.  Kaitlynn Fratz (Accident, MD) led the lady Cats with 13 points.  Pitt-Johnstown slipped to 5-9 overall and 3-7 in the WVIAC.
     Ohio Valley got baskets from Amber Avery and Brittany Taylor in the first minute of the game to open up a 4-0 lead, but the Lady Cats answered with six of their seven first half 3-pointers in a 27-11 run over the next 12:30 to build a 12-point lead.
     Fratz hit the first of four straight Lady Cat 3-pointers to give Pitt-Johnstown its first lead at 5-4.  Nicole Carman (Cleveland, OH), Kelsey Sleighter (Uniontown, Pa.), and Sara Trimarco (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) all followed with 3-pointers of the own to extend the lead to 15-6, before Kayla Loughner (Brinklow, MD) drained one from behind the arc to cap the run and put Pitt-Johnstown up 27-15 with 6:49 remaining in the first half.
     Dakeisha Mann's jumper three minutes later got the Fighting Scots two within three, but the Lady Cats extended the lead to 34-26 at the break on another Trimarco 3-poitner and a basket in the paint by Amber Smith (Morgantown, WV) with 26 seconds left.
     Ohio Valley scored eight straight points at the beginning of the second half to it on a pair of Mann free-throws, bbefore the Fighting Scots regained the lead 36-35 on Mann's lay-up at 16:21.
     After the teams exchanged the lead four times over the next three minutes, Ohio Valley took the momentum and clawed its way out to a 49-41 lead on Avery's free-throws at the 9:49 mark.
     Sleighter scored for the Lady Cats a minute later to make it a six-point game, but the Fighting Scots extended it to 53-43 with 5:25 to play.
     Pitt-Johnstown got the deficit down to five on Trimarco's basket with 24 seconds on the clock, but it was too late, and the Lady Cats suffered their second straight loss.
     Fratz scored 13 points ,and Carman and Trimarco each added 10 points to pace the Lady Cats.  Sleighter finished with seven points, while Inaya Stephenson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) grabbed 10 rebounds, and Rachel Johnson (Palmyra, Pa.) pulled down seven rebounds.
     The Lady Cats struggled shooting the ball.  Pitt-Johnstown finished at just 27.9% (19-68) for the game and didn't connect on a 3-pointer in the second half.  The Lady Cats, who were out-rebounded 56-41, were also 11-16 from the free-throw line.  Ohio Valley shot just 31.3% (20-64) from the floor and were 0-9 from behind the 3-point line.  However, the Fighting Scots were 22-26 from the charity stripe.
     Mann scored a game-high 22 points, including 12-14 from the free-throw line, to lead Ohio Valley.  Avery had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Shelby Way pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds for the Fighting Scots, who improved to 9-7 overall and 5-5 in the WVIAC
     The Lady Cats travel to WVIAC games at Seton Hill University on Saturday and Ohio Valley on January 26, before returning home to host a conference doubleheader against the University of Charleston (WV) on Saturday January 28 in the Sports Center.  Tip-off for the women’s game is 1 p.m., with the men’s game to follow at 3 p.m.