University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. Fairmont State (WV) University - 11/29/12

ATH11_152_FratzK_TLady Cats Falls Short at Home to Fairmont State
     11/29/12... (Box Score) The Lady Cats clawed back from a seven-point deficit midway through the second half to regain the lead, but WVIAC preseason favorite Fairmont State (WV) University proved to be too much and held on to defeat Pitt-Johnstown 69-66, Thursday evening in the Sports Center.  Kaitlynn Fratz (Accident, MD) had 17 points, and Inaya Stephenson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) added 14 points to lead the Lady Cats, who dropped to 2-3 overall and 0-3 in the WVIAC.
     Rachel Johnson (Palmyra, Pa.) hit a 3-pointer to open the game for the Lady Cats, but Fairmont State scored the next six, including five straight from Kaitlin Snyder, to go up 6-3 at the 16-minute mark.
     A Stephenson basket a minute later gave the Lady Cats their 3-point lead back at 11-8.
     Six lead changes and two ties later, the Fighting Falcons used a 7-2 spurt over a three-minute span, capped by a Hailey Garrett jumper, to take a 28-23 lead with 6:26 left in the half.
     Fairmont State increased it seven points at 41-34 with 1:14 left, before  Fratz' bucket with time winding down made 41-36 at the half.
     Pitt-Johnstown scored the first five points of the second half.  Stephenson scored in the paint, and Kelsey Sleighter (Uniontown, Pa.) connected for three at 16:54 to even the score at 41.
     The Fighting Falcons pushed it back to seven at 56-49 on an Emily Lohr 3-pointer at just past the midway point of the half.
     Pitt-Johnstown stormed back with a with a 12-2 run over the next 3:21 to regain the lead 61-58 on another Stephenson bucket at 5:59.
     It see-sawed back and forth until Snyder scored with 54 seconds to give Fairmont State a 66-64 lead, a lead the Fighting Falcons would never give up.
     After Snyder hit two free-throws with11 seconds to play to make it 69-66, the Lady Catgs had one more chance to tie it, but Kayla DeCriscio's (Altoona, Pa.) 3-pointer at the buzzer would not fall.
     Fratz' 17 points and five rebounds led four Pitt-Johnstown players who scored in double figures.  Stephenson finished 14 points on 7-7 shooting and seven rebounds, while Sleighter and Johnston each scored 11 points.  Johnson also had five rebounds, and Nicole Carman (Cleveland, OH) pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
     Pitt-Johnstown shot 47.5% (28-59) from the field, 6-23 from 3-point range, and 4-4 from the free-throw line.  Fairmont State also shot 47.5% (28-59), 6-18 from behind the 3-point line, and 7-13 from the charity stripe.
      Hailey Garrett led Fairmont State with 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.  Snyder added 18 points, four rebounds, and five assists, and Lohr had 14 points for the Fighting Falcons, who improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the WVIAC.   
     The Lady Cats travel to Davis & Elkins (WV) College for a WVIAC game on Saturday, before hosting a conference doubleheader with the Mountain Cats against Wheeling Jesuit (WV) University on Saturday, December 15 starting at 1 p.m. in the Sports Center.