University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. University of Charleston (WV) - 01/28/12

ATH11_160_SmithA_TLady Cats Cruise to 85-71 Win Over Charleston
     01/28/12... (Box Score) The Lady Cat basketball team continued its stretch of red-hot starts to games and built a 28-point first half advantage and cruised to an 85-71 WVIAC victory over the University of Charleston (WV), Saturday afternoon in the Sports Center.  Pitt-Johnstown, winners of three in a row and eight of its last 10, got 17 points and nine rebounds from Amber Smith (Morgantown, WV) to improve to 8-9 overall and 6-7 in the WVIAC. 
     The Lady Cats hit eight of their nine first half 3-pointers in the first 11 minutes of the game to sprint out to a 28-point led and Pitt-Johnstown never let the Golden Eagles any closer that 14 the rest of the way.
     Katie McBroom (Derry, Pa.) hit back-to-back lay-ups to give the Lady Cats a double-digit lead six minutes in, before consecutive 3-pointers from Kelsey Sleighter (Uniontown, Pa.) and Nicole Carman (Cleveland, OH) and a bucket in the paint by Rachel Johnson (Plamyra, Pa.) saw the lead balloon to 29-9 at the midway point of the half.
     Pitt-Johnstown continued to pour it on.  Two more Sleighter 3-pointers gave the Lady Cats a 28-point advantage at 39-11 with 8:56 remaining.
     Charleston scored the next 10, capped by two Marilene Lapierre free-throws 2:13 later, to cut the deficit to 18.
     Pitt-Johnstown quickly rebuilt it to 24 on two of  Smith's 10 first half points at the five minute mark, before Pitt-Johnstown went into halftime leading 50-33.
     A pair of Chrissy Keir free-throws to open the second half ot the Golden Eagles to within 15, but once again, the Lady Cats answered.  This time, Pitt-Johnstown used a 15-0 run over the next 4:20 to push the lead to 64-35 on Carmen's free-throws.
     Charleston scored at the final buzzer to make it a 14-point game, but the outcome was decided long before.
     Smith led a Pitt-Johnstown attack that saw five players score in double figures and every player who dressed score at least four points with 17 points and nine rebounds.  Sleighter hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points and five rebounds, while Carman had 13 points and five rebounds.  In addition, McBroom collected a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Johnson chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds.
     The Lady Cats, who held a 52-42 advantage on the glass, ended the day shooting 41.9% from the floor, 12-31 from 3-point range, and 11-15 from the free-throw line.  Charleston was held to just 34.8% shooting, including 3-8 from behind the 3-point line.  The Golden Eagles were 20-25 from the charity stripe.
     Keir led all scorers and three Charleston players who scored in double figures with 20 points and eight rebounds.  Erika Rousculp, the nation's leading rebounder, added nine points and a game-high 16 rebounds to pace the Golden Eagles, who dropped to 9-10 overall and 8-7 in the WVIAC.
     The Lady Cats travel to a WVIAC game at Fairmont State (WV) College on Wednesday, before hosting a conference doubleheader with the Mountain Cats against Bluefield State (WV) College on Saturday in the Sports Center.  The Lady Cats will tip-off at 1 p.m., with the men's game at 3 p.m.