University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. Wheeling Jesuit (WV) University - 12/15/12

ATH11_152_FratzK_TFratz Scores 31, But Lady Cats Fall to Wheeling Jesuit 
     12/15/12... (Box Score) Kaitlynn Fratz (Accident, MD) scored a game-high 31 points to help the Lady Cats battle back from a 17-point deficit, but it wasn't enough, as Wheeling Jesuit (WV) University held on for a 72-69 WVIAC win over Pitt-Johnstown, Saturday afternoon in the Sports Center.  The Lady Cats dropped to 3-4 and 1-4 in the WVIAC.
     Nicole Carman's (Cleveland, OH) 3-pointer gave the Lady Cats an early three-point lead, but Wheeling Jesuit answered with an 11-0 run, including eight straight from Jamie Sobczak, to build a 15-7 advantage with 14:50 left in the half.
     The Cardinals held the lead the rest of the half.  Two free-throws by Taneka Lewis a minute later pushed it into double figures, before an Alex Anderson lay-up at 1:54 gave Wheeling Jesuit its largest lead of the first half at 44-27.
     Pitt-Johnstown got five points from Kaitlynn Fratz (Accident, MD) and a bucket from Jasmine Harper (Cleveland Heights, OH) in the final two minutes to pull to within 12 at 46-34 at the half.
      Sobczak's lay-up and free-throw 2:20 into the second half pushed the Cardinals back to 15.
     The Lady Cats stormed back with a 24-6 run of their own over the the next 11 minutes to retake the lead.  Kayla DeCriscio's (Altoona, Pa.) 3-pointer at 8:14 gave the lead back to Pitt-Johnstown, and Grace Hyland (Pittsburgh, Pa.) followed with a basket on the Lady Cats' next trip down the floor to increase it to 60-57 with 6:52 to play.
     A Breanna Butler 3-pointer with just under five minutes to play gave the lead back to the Cardinals, but Pitt-Johnstown clawed back again and a chance to tie it at the buzzer, but it wasn't to be.
     Fratz led all scorers with 31 points on 10-20 shooting from the field and 9-12 from the free-throw line.  Harper had 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds, while Carman and DeCriscio each had eight points,  Carman also grabbed six rebounds.  Rachel Johnson (Palmyra, Pa.) added six points and eight rebounds in the loss.
     Pitt-Johnstown shot just 38.8% (26-67) from the floor and 6-28 from 3-point range.  The Lady Cats hit 11-16 from the charity stripe.  Wheeling Jesuit shot 49.1% from the field, 5-10 from behind the 3-point line, and 13-19 from the free-throw line.
     Sobczak's 25 points and eight rebounds led three Wheeling Jesuit players who scored in double figures.  Anderson had 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, and Lewis chipped-in 11 points and four assists for the Cardinals, who improved to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the WVIAC. 
     After breaking for the holidays, the Lady Cats will host a non-conference game against Lock Haven University on December 30 at 2 p.m., and a WVIAC doubleheader with the Mountain Cats against Shepherd (WV) University on January 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the Sports Center.