University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. Seton Hill University - 02/25/12

ATH11_152_FratzK_TLady Cats Celebrate Senior Day With Win Over Seton Hill
     02/25/12... (Box Score) Kaitlynn Fratz (Accident, MD) and Nicole Carman (Cleveland, OH) each scored 19 points to help the Lady Cats celebrate Senior Day and close out the regular season with an impressive 83-68 West Virginia Conference victory over Seton Hill University, Saturday afternoon in the Sports Center.  Pitt-Johnstown, which closed in on hosting a first round conference tournament game on Monday, improved to 14-12 overall and 12-10 in the WVIAC.
     Tiara Stossel's lay-up two minutes in put Seton Hill up 8-5, but the Lady Cats tied it on Sara Trimarco's (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) 3-pointer and took a 12-8 lead on a Fratz basket on Pitt-Johnstown's next trip down the floor.
     The Lady Cats never gave up the lead the rest of the half.   Two Trimarco free-throws increased the lead to seven at 16-9, before the Griffins climbed back to within three on a Katie Gattuso bucket at the 12-minute mark.
     However, each time Seton Hill cut into the lead, Pitt-Johnstown had an answer.  Kayla Loughner (Brinklow, MD) hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 25-15 with 7:32 left.
     After Seton Hill got it down to six with just over a minute to go, Carman connected for three, and Kelsey Sleighter (Uniontown, Pa.) closed out the first half with a driving lay-up at the buzzer to extend it back to 10 at 37-27.
     Paige Alviani's 3-pointer early in the second half again got it down six, but the Lady Cats got five quick points Carman, and a lay-up from Sleighter to cap an 11-4 run to build the lead to 53-40 with 14:46 left.
     The Griffins countered with an 8-0 spurt of their own over the next two minutes to make it 53-48 on another Alviani basket, but Pitt-Johnstown extended back to 11 at 59-48 on a Fratz free-throw midway through the half.
     The Lady Cats maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.  Pitt-Johnstown built the lead to as many as 18 and cruised to the 15-point win.
     Carman scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Fratz added 19 points and and dished out fie assists to pace the Lady Cats.  Trimarco finished with 12 points, and Katie McBroom (Derry, Pa.) and Loughner each netted wight points.  Sleighter scored four points and pulled down seven rebounds off the bench.
     Pitt-Johnstown wrapped-up the day shooting 40% (25-42) from the field and 7-17 from 3-point range.  The Lady Cats also hit 26-32 from the free-throw line.  Seton hill was held to 39% shooting, including just 4-18 from behind the 3-point line.  The Griffins hit 12-14 from the charity stripe.
     Alviani poured in a game-high 21 points and had six rebounds to lead Seton Hill.  Tiara Stossel had 18 points and seven boards, while Katie Gattuso had nine points and 11 rebounds for the Griffins, who slipped to 11-17 overall and 10-12 in the WVIAC.
     Prior to the game, Pitt-Johnstown recognized this year's seniors Kayla Loughner, Katie McBroom, and Sara Trimarco.
     The Lady Cats will open the 2012 WVIAC Tournament with a First Round game in the Sports Center on Monday at 7 p.m. against an opponent to be announced.