University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

at West Virginia Wesleyan College - 02/22/12

ATH11_155_LoughnerK_TLady Cats Fall at WVIAC-Leading W.Va. Wesleyan
     02/22/12... (Box Score) WVIAC-leading West Virginia Wesleyan College opened-up a 13-point first half lead and build it to as many as 36 late in the second half en route to handing the Lady Cats a 79-51 conference loss, Wednesday evening in Buckhannon, W.Va.  Sara Trimarco (Hollidaysburg, Pa.), Kayla Loughner (Brinklow, MD), and Nicole Carman (Cleveland, OH) all scored 11 points for Pitt-Johnstown, which slipped to 13-12 overall and 11-10 in the WVIAC with one regular season game remaining.
     West Virginia Wesleyan took control early and raced out to a double-digit lead eight minutes into the game.  Lydia Bridenbaugh scored eight of the Bobcats' first 10 points, before Britney Maxey's jumper at 11:52 put West Virginia Wesleyan up 19-9.
     The Lady Cats battled back with a 10-0 run, capped by Amber Smith's (Morgantown, WV) 3-pointer and a free-throw from Kelsey Sleighter (Uniontown, Pa.), over the next 2:45 to tie it at 19.
     However, the Bobcats outscored Pitt-Johnstown 18-8 the rest of the way to rebuild the lead to 10 at the break.
     Twelve straight points by the Bobcats made it 31-19 on a Danae Hill 3-pointer.  Jasmine Brown's lay-up and free-throw then pushed it out to a 13-point advantage, before West Virginia Wesleyan went into halftime up 37-27.
     Led by six points apiece from Jamie Kaufman and Maxey, the Bobcats opend the second half on a 17-3 run to extend the lead to 54-30 on a Daria Abros'kina 3-pointer with 16:05 to play.
     Loughner followed with a 3-pointer for the Lady Cats to cut it to 21, but West Virginia Wesleyan quickly made it 59-34 and never looked back from there.
     The Bobcats never let Pitt-Johnstown get any closer than 20.  West Virginia Wesleyan built the lead to as many as 36 with 2:34 to play, before coasting to the 28-point victory.
     Loughner, Trimarco, and Carman each scored 11 points, while Carman also grabbed five rebounds for Pitt-Johnstown.  Rachel Johnson (Palmyra, Pa.) had eight points and a team-high seven boards, and Sleighter chipped-in six points and seven rebounds in the loss.
     The Lady Cats struggled shooting the ball.  Pitt-Johnstown shot just 28% (18-64) from the floor and just 7-28 from 3-point range.  The Lady Cats were also 8-12 from the free-throw line.  West Virginia Wesleyan ended the game shooting 48% (33-69) from the floor, 7-16 from behind the 3-point line, and 6-9 from the charity stripe.
     Bridenbaugh's game-high 17 points paced four West Virginia Wesleyan players who scored in double figures.  Maxie added 16 points and seven rebounds, and Kaufman had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats, who improved to 20-6 overall and 17-4 in the WVIAC.
     The Lady Cats return home to celebrate Senior Day and close out the regular season with a conference doubleheader with the Mountain Cats against Seton Hill on Saturday.  The Lady Cats will tip-off at 1 p.m. with the men's game at 3 p.m.  Pitt-Johnstown will then open the 2012 WVIAC Tournament on Monday.