University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

at Seton Hill University - 01/21/12

ATH11_152_FratzK_TLady Cats Build Lead, Then Hold Off Seton Hill
     01/21/12... (Box Score) Kaitlynn Fratz (Accident, MD) scored a game-high 25 points, and the Lady Cats used 55% first-half shooting to build a 17-point halftime advantage, before holding on for a 74-68 WVIAC win at Seton Hill University on Saturday.  Pitt-Johnstown improved to 6-9 overall and 4-7 in conference-play.
     Katie Gattuso's jumper put Seton Hill up 8-2 early, but Pitt-Johnstown caught fire from the field and outscored the Griffins 39-16 over the final 16:24 of the first half to build a 17-point lead.
     Kayla Lougher (Brinklow, MD) gave the Lady Cats their first lead of the day at 12-10 with 11:50 remaining, and it was all Pitt-Johnstown the rest of the half.
     Kelsey Sleighter's (Uniontown, Pa.) 3-pointer with just under five minutes left pushed the lead into double-figures, before Nicole Carman (Cleveland, OH) hit two free-throws at 1:24 to extend it to 19 at 41-22.
     Paige Alviani scored in the paint for Seton Hill with under a minute to go to get the Griffins to within 17 at 41-24 at the half.
     Seton Hill doubled-up Pitt-Johnstown 14-7 over the first seven minutes of the second half to pull to within 10 on a Mallory Sanner lay-up.  The Griffins continued to battle back and cut it to 60-55 on another Sanner bucket with 4:38 remaining, but Pitt-Johnstown was able to push it back out to nine on a Fratz free-throw at 1:32.
     Seton Hill answered again to make it a 72-68 game with 21 seconds left, but Fratz hit two more free-throws to secure the Lady Cats' victory.
     Fratz scored a game-high 25 points, and Carman finished with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds to pace Pitt-Johnstown.  Loughner had seven points, while Sara Trimarco (Hollidaysburg, Pa.), Amber Smith (Morgantown, Pa.), and Katie McBroom (Derry, Pa.) all had six points.  Trimarco also dished out nine assists.
     After shooting 55.2% from the field in the first half, the Lady Cats cooled off and finished the day at 42.6%.  Pitt-Johnsotwn was also 7-16 from 3-point range and 15-26 from the free-throw line.  Seton Hill shot 41.9% from the floor, 4-11 from behind the 3-point line, and 12-18 from the charity stripe.
     Gattuso's 16 points and game-high 11 rebounds led led four Seton Hill players who scored in double figures.  With the loss, the Griffins slipped to 7-11 overall and 6-6 in the WVIAC.
     The Lady Cats travel to Ohio Valley on Thursday, before returning home to host a conference doubleheader against the University of Charleston (WV) on Saturday 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.