University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

at West Virginia State University - 01/21/13

ATH11_152_FratzK_TFratz, Lady Cats Use Big Run to Defeat W.Va. State 
     01/21/13... (Box Score) The Lady Cats used a 31-6 run to close out the first half and begin the second half to build a 28-point lead on they way to 75-64 WVIAC victory at West Virginia State University on Monday.  Kaitlynn Fratz (Accident, MD) matched her career-high with 34 points to lead the Lady Cats, who made it five wins in the last six games.  Pitt-Johnstown improved to 9-7 overall and 7-6 in the WVIAC.
     After a slow start by both teams, the Lady Cats settled down and used a pair of runs to build a 19-point halftime lead and hold West Virginia State to just 16 first half points on 26% shooting.
      Pitt-Johnstown fell behind by four early, but six points from Inaya Stephenson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and a pair of free-throws from Fratz closed an 11-2 Pitt-Johnstown run that put the Lady Cats up 17-10 with 6:36 left in the half.
     The Yellow Jackets scored the next four to pull to within three, but Pitt-Johnstown outscored West Virginia State 18-2 over the final 5:29.
     Back-to-back 3-pointers from Fratz and Leah Hansen (Waterford, Pa.) pushed it to 29-16, before two straight baskets from Rachel Johnson (Palmyra, Pa.) increased it to 17 with just under a minute to go.
     Fratz then followed with two more of her 16 first half points to give Pitt-Johnstown a commanding 35-16 advantage at the break.
     It was more of the same in the second half.  Pitt-Johnstown opened with a 13-4 spurt over the first 4:23 to push the lead to 48-20 on a Grace Hyland (Pittsburgh, Pa.) bucket, and the Lady Cats never looked back..
     West Virginia State tried to get back it it, but it was too late.  Maria Femia's 3-pointer cut the Yellow Jackets' deficit to nine at 73-64 with 36 seconds to play, but that was as close as it would get.
     Fratz scored 34 points, while Johnson had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.  Nicole Carman (Cleveland, OH) finished with eight points and five rebounds, and Stephenson had six points and five rebounds, before fouling out.
     The Lady Cats shot shot 44% from the floor, but just 4-18 from 3-point range.  Pitt-Johnstown was also 23-29 from the free-throw line.  After shooting 26% in the first half, West Virginia ended the night shooting 44%.  The Yellow Jackets were also 5-14 from behind the 3-point line and 11-17 from the charity stripe.
     Kashauna Cook led West Virginia State with 16 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.  Jordan Brock had 15 points, and Femia added 11 points for the Yellow Jackets, who dropped their fourth straight game and fell to 4-11 overall and 4-8 in the WVIAC.
     The Lady Cats host a WVIAC doubleheader with the MountainCats against West Virginia Wesleyan College on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. in the Sports Center, before traveling to Shepherd (WV) University for another conference game on Monday.