University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

at Lake Erie (OH) College - 11/24/12

ATH11_152_FratzK_TFratz Leads Lady Cats to 65-52 Win at Lake Erie
     11/24/12... (Box Score) Kaitlynn Fratz (Accident, MD) scored 19 of her game-high 26 points in the first half to help the Lady Cats open-up a 14-point halftime lead, en route to a 65-52 non-conference win at Lake Erie (OH) College on Saturday.  Pitt-Johnstown picked-up its first win of the season and improved to 1-2.
     The Lady Cats used 13-5 run over a four minute span of the first half to build a 21-13 advantage.  Five straight points from Fratz and a 3-pointer from Kayla DeCriscio (Altoona, Pa.) made it 16-8, before three more of Fratz' 19 first half points capped the run to put Pitt-Johnstown up 21-13 at the 8:26 mark.
     Jackie Murray's 3-pointer 1:26 later cut the Lake Erie deficit to 21-18, but the Lady Cats outscored the Storm 13-2 over the final 7:10 of the half to take 14-point  halftime lead.  A 3-pointer from Nicole Carman (Cleveland, OH) with just under a minute to go pushed the lead into double-digits, and Fratz closed it out with a jumper at the buzzer to put Pitt-Johnstown in front 34-20 at the break.
     After Rachel Johnson's (Palmyra, Pa.) lay-up made it 36-20 on the Lady Cats' first possession of the second half, the Storm scored nine unanswered points to pull to within eight on a Kaeding Skelton free-throw, before Murray's 3-pointer cut it to 41-38 at 13:46.
    Back-to-back Leah Hansen (Waterford, Pa.) 3-pointers and a basket by Carman rebuilt the Pitt-Johnstown lead to nine at 53-41 with nine minutes remaining.
     The Lady Cats never let the Storm get any closer than 10 points the rest of the way and coasted to the 13-point victory.
      Fratz led all scorers with 26 points, five rebounds, and five assists, while DeCriscio finished with a career-high 11 points and five rebounds to pace the Lady Cats.  Carman had nine points and six rebounds, while Johnson collected seven points and a team-high eight rebounds.  Jasmine Harper (Cleveland Heights, OH) added four points and six rebounds in the win.
     Pitt-Johnstown, which held a 53-37 advantage on the glass, shot 38% (25-66) from the field, but hit 10 three-pointers.  The Lady Cats were also 5-7 from the free-throw line.  Lake Erie was held to just 28% (18-64) shooting from the floor, including just 3-14 from behind the 3-point line.  The Storm made 13-17 from the charity stripe.
     Shelby Carpenter had 13 points and Ashar Harris tallied 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for Lake Erie.  Murray also had 11 points for the Storm, which slipped to 1-1 on the season.
     The Lady Cats travel to Clarion University for a non-conference game on Tuesday, before returning home to host a WVIAC game against Fairmont State (WV) University on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the Sports Center.