University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
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at West Virginia Wesleyan College - 01/10/13

ATH11_154_JohnsonR_TLady Cats Defeat WV Wesleyan, 71-67, in Overtime
     01/10/13... (Box Score) West Virginia Wesleyan College battled back from a 16-point halftime deficit to force overtime, but the Lady Cats opened-up a six point lead in the extra period and hit 5-6 free-throws down the stretch to hold on for a 71-67 WVIAC win over the Bobcats in Buckhannon, W.Va. on Thursday.  Rachel Johnson (Palmyra, Pa.) had a career-high 26 points and 11 rebounds, and Kelsey Sleighter (Uniontown, Pa.) added 17 points to lead the Lady Cats, now 6-6 overall and 4-5 in conference-play.
     Johnson scored eight of the Lady Cats' first 10 points to get Pitt-Johnstown rolling.
     The Lady Cats followed with an 18-5 run over the next eight minutes to break open a one-point game and build a 28-14 advantage on a Sleighter 3-pointer with 7:14 left in the first half.
     West Virginia Wesleyan responded with with straight points from Brittany Maxey to pull to within six, but it was all Pitt-Johnstown the rest of the way.
     The Lady Cats outscored the Bobcats 13-3 over the final 4:43 to take a 16-point halftime lead.
     Back-to-back 3-pointers from Sleighter quickly extended the lead back into double-digits a minute later, before Nicole Carman (Cleveland, OH) scored in the paint with just under three minutes left pushed it out 39-23.
     A bucket by Brittany Williams got West Virginia Wesleyan back to within 14, but two more of Johnson's 13 first half points put the Lady Cats in front 41-25 at the break.
     The Bobcats tried to get back in it in the second half.  After falling behind by 14 on a Kaitlynn Fratz (Accident, MD) basket with 11:07 remianing, West Virginia Wesleyan used a 10-2 spurt, capped by Kerry Conroy's jumper, to make it 51-45 with 8:19 to play.
     Sleighter answered with her fifth 3-pointer of the evening to push it back out to a nine-point Lady Cat lead, and Fratz connected on a pair of free-throw at 4:24 to make it 58-47.
     The Bobcats stormed back again.  This time, with an 11-0 spurt to knot it at 58 and force overtime on Allie Browne's 3-pointer with 40 seconds on the clock.
     In the extra period, Johnson netted five consecutive points to give the Lady Cats a 66-62 lead, before Pitt-Johnstown hit 5-6 free-throws down the stretch to hold on for a four-point win.
     Johnson had a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds, and Sleighter hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points to pace Pitt-Johnstown.  Fratz collected 10 points, four rebounds, and six assists, while Jasmine Harper (Cleveland Heights, OH) had seven points and a team-high 13 rebounds, and Carman had five points and a dozen rebounds in the victory.
     The Lady Cats shot just 36% (23-64) from the field and 8-23 from behind the 3-point line.  Pitt-Johnstown, which held a slim 49-46 advantage in rebounding, was also 17-27 from the free-throw line.   West Virginia Wesleyan shot 38% (27-72) from the floor, 6-16 from 3-point range, and 7-15 from the charity stripe.
     Brittany Maxey scored 16 points and pulled down a game-high 18 rebounds, and Williams had 14 points to lead four Bobcats who scored in double figures.  With the loss, West Virginia Wesleyan fell to 4-7 overall and 3-5 in the WVIAC.
     The Lady Cats host conference doubleheaders with the Mountain Cats against Ohio Valley (WV) University on Monday and Davis & Elikns (WV) College on Thursday, before traveling to Seton Hill University on January 19 for another WVIAC game.  The Lady Cats will tip-off both home doubleheaders at 5:30 p.m. in the Sports Center, followed by the men's game at 7:30 p.m.