University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
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at Wheeling Jesuit (WV) University - 02/06/12

ATH11_152_FratzK_TLady Cats Roll to 18-Point Win at Wheeling Jesuit
     02/06/12... (Box Score) Kaitlynn Fratz (Accident, MD) scored 15 of her game-high 22 points in the first half to help the Lady Cats run out to a 23-point lead en route to a 73-55 WVIAC victory at Wheeling Jesuit (WV) University on Monday.  Pitt-Johnstown, which also got 16 points and seven rebounds from Kelsey Sleighter (Uniontown, Pa.), evened its record at 10-10 overall and 8-8 in conference-play. 
     After a slugish start that saw the Lady Cats trail 10-9 3:30 into the game, Pitt-Johnstown took the momentum and outscored Wheeling Jesuit 36-9 the rest of the way to build a 19-point halftime lead.
     Sleighter scored seven quick points off the bench, and Kayla Loughner (Brinklow, MD) hit a 3-pointer to push the lead to double-figures.  Amber Smith (Morgantown, WV) answered with seven points of her wnn and another Sleighter 3-pointer at 5:34 capped a 26-5 run to put the Lady Cats up 35-15.
     A pair of baskets by the Cardinals got the deficit down to 16 with 4:38 left, but two of Fratz' 15 first half points gave the Lady Cats their largest lead of the half at 42-19, before Pitt-Johnstown went into the break up 45-26.
     Inaya Stephenson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) scored in the paint early in the second half to match Pitt-Johnstown's 23-point advantage, but a 3-pointer from Cassy Sanderson closed out a 20-7 Wheeling Jesuit run over the next 9:14 to get the Cardinals to within 10 at 56-46 with 9:00 remaining.
     However, the Lady Cats recovered and extended the back to 15 on Fratz's basket three minutes later, and Pitt-Johnstown went on to defeat the Cardinals by 18.
     Fratz led all scorers with 22 points, five rebounds and three assists, while Sleighter added 16 points and seven rebounds.  Smith finished with nine points and five rebounds, and Nicole Carman (Cleveland, OH) collected six points and a team-high eight rebounds.
     Pitt-Johnstown, which held a 41-31 advantage in rebounding, shot 45.3% (29-64) from the field, 9-25 from 3-point range, and 6-7 from the free-throw line.  Wheeling Jesuit ended the evening shooting 36.2% (21-58) from the floor, 8-22 from behind the 3-point line, and 5-6 from the charity stripe.
     Sanderson's 16 points led three Wheeling Jesuit players who scored in double figures.  Lucy DeFrusio had 12 points, and Erica Schultz tallied 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Cardinals, who dropped to 4-15 overall and 1-14 in the WVIAC.

     The Lady Cats host a conference doubleheader with the Mountain Cats against West Liberty (WV) University on Thursday. The Lady Cats will tip-off at 5:30 p.m., before the men's game at 7:30 p.m.  Pitt-Johnstown will then begin a stretch of four straight WVIAC road game at Alderson-Broaddus (WV) College on Saturday.