University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

at Fairmont State (WV) University - 02/01/12

ATH11_151_CarmanN_TLady Cats Fall at Fairmont State, 88-66
     02/01/12... (Box Score) Fairmont State (WV) University surrendered the first basket of the night then took control by building an 18-point halftime lead on their way to snapping the Lady Cats' three-game winning streak and dealing Pitt-Johnstown an 88-66 WVIAC road loss on Wednesday.  Nicole Carman (Cleveland, OH) scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Lady Cats, now 8-10 overall and 6-8 in the WVIAC.
      Carman's basket to on the first possession of the game put the Lady Cats up 2-0, but that was the last time Pitt-Johnstown would be in front.
    
Fairmont State ran out to a 12-4 lead four minutes into the game on a Tiffany Nicholson lay-up.
     The Lady Cats cut it to four of three occasions, with the last making it 19-15 on two of Sara Trimarco's (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) eight first half points with 13:38 remaining in the half.
     However, the Falcons outscored Pitt-Johnstown 27-13 the rest of the way to build an 18-point halftime advantage.
     The Falcons quickly pushed their lead back into double-digits, then to 14 on a Kendra Holmes put-back with just under three minutes left, before Briana Welch connected on a jumper with 52 seconds on the clock to extend the Fairmont State lead to 46-28 at the break.
     The Lady Cats tried to get back in it with a 14-4 to start the second half.  Two free-throws from Kaitlynn Fratz (Accident, MD) at 12:32 capped the run and cut the deficit to 50-42, but that's as close as it would get.
     Fairmont State answered with a 21-2 spurt of its own over the next five minutes to extend the lead to 71-44 and put the game away.
     Carman led all scorers with 23 points and eight rebounds.  Fratz finished with 16 points and four rebounds, while Trimarco had nine points and four assists.  Kelsey Sleighter (Uniontown, Pa.) and Inaya Stephenson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) each had six points and four rebounds, and Rachel Johnson (Palmyra, Pa.) grabbed six rebounds in the loss.
     Pitt-Johnstown, which was out rebounded 49-35, shot just 38.8% (26-67) from the field and just 6-22 from 3-point range.  The Lady Cats were also 8-14 from the free-throw line.  Fairmont State ended the night shooting 47.9% (35-73) from the floor, 5-13 from behind the 3-point line, and 13-17 from the charity stripe.
     Hailey Garrett and Nicholson each scored 18 points to lead four Falcons who scored in double figures.  Kaitlin Snyder had 16 points, and Emily Lohr chipped-in 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the Falcons, who improved to 12-7 overall and 9-6 in the WVIAC. 
     The Lady Cats host a WVIAC doubleheader with the Mountain Cats against Bluefield State (WV) College on Saturday starting at 1 p.m., before traveling another conference game at Wheeling Jesuit (WV) University on Monday.