University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
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at Concord (WV) University - 11/17/12

ATH11_152_FratzK_TLady Cats Open With 60-57 Loss at Concord
     11/17/12... (Box Score) Amanda Smith's basket with 32 seconds to play lifted Concord (WV) University to a 60-57 WVIAC victory over the Lady Cat basketball team, Saturday afternoon in Athens, W.Va.  Kaitlynn Fratz (Accident, MD) poured in 21 points, and Jasmine Harper (Cleveland Heights, OH) added 14 pints in her collegiate debut to lead Pitt-Johnstown in its 2012-13 season-opener.
     Harper scored the Lady Cats' first four points, and Fratz hit a short jumper to give Pitt-Johnstown and early 8-5 lead.
     Concord used a 15-6 spurt over the next 5:24 to build a 20-13 advantage of its own.  The Mountain Lions scored nine straight points, capped by an Amanda Smith basket, before closing the run on back-to-back 3-pointers from Stephanie Wagner to go up by seven midway through the half.

     Pitt-Johnstown had an answer of its own and outscored Concord 15-6 the rest of the way to take two-point halftime lead.  Harper's lay-up with just over a minue to go knotted it at 26, and Fratz scored two more of her 12 first half points with 35 seconds left to make it 28-26 at the break.
     A pair of free-throws from Harper to open the second half extended the Lady Cat lead to 30-26, but a bucket by Rachel Artrip at the 17-minute mark put Concord back in front, 35-33.
     It stayed tight the rest of the second half with neither team able to open-up a lead larger then three.  After eight ties and 11 lead changes, Smith connected on a jumper with 32 seconds remaining to put Concord in the lead for good at 58-57.  Wagner followed with two free throws to seal it aftet Leah Hansen's (Waterford, Pa.) 3-pointer wouldn't fall as time ran out.
     Fratz finished with 21 points and four assists to lead Pitt-Johnstown.  Harper had 14 points on 5-8 shooting and 4-4 from the free-throw line.  Harper also grabbed seven rebounds, while Nicole Carman (Cleveland, OH) added six points and five rebounds.  Rachel Johnson (Palmyra, Pa.) grabbed a game-high nine rebounds for the Lady Cats in the loss.
     The Lady Cats shot 42% (24-57) from the field, but just 3-15 from 3-point range and 6-11 from the free-throw line.  Pitt-Johnstown, which out-rebounded Concord 44-38, also could not overcome 19 turnovers.  The Mountain Lions ended the day shooting 35% (22-63) from the floor, 3-11 from behind the 3-point line, and 13-16 from the charity stripe.
     Smith paced Concord with 21 points and eight rebounds.  Wagner had 18 points and seven rebounds, and Artrip tallied 12 points for the Mountain Lions, who i proved to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the WVIAC.
     The Lady Cats will make their 2012-13 home debut against WVIAC rival Bluefield State (WV) College on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Sports Center, before traveling to Lake Erie (OH) College for a non-conference game on Saturday.