University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. West Virginia Wesleyan College - 01/26/13

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Fratz, Lady Cats Defeat WVWC, 57-53
     01/26/13... (Box Score) Kaitlynn Fratz (Accident, MD) scored a game-high 24 points and hit a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left that lifted the Lady Cats to a 57-53 WVIAC victory over West Virginia Wesleyan College, Saturday afternoon in the Sports Center.  Pitt-Johnstown made it six wins in its last seven games and improved to 10-7 overall and 8-6 in conference-play.
     West Virginia Wesleyan started fast.  The Bobcats scored the first seven points and opened-up a 16-6 lead on two Danesha Richardson free-throws just over five minutes into the game.
     The Lady Cats answered with a 15-2 run over the next eight minutes to go in front 21-18.  Fratz scored seven straight to cut it to three, and a Kelsey Sleighter (Uniontown, Pa.) 3-pointer at 9:42 knotted it at 18.
     Pitt-Johnstown took its first lead on Jasmine Harper's (Cleveland Heights, OH) lay-up on the next trip down the floor, before an Inaya Stephenson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) free-throw closed the run and put the Lady Cats up 21-18.
     Another Harper bucket with two minutes remaining increased it to 26-21, but but West Virginia Wesleyan scored the final five points, including an Allie Browne's jumper in the paint at the buzzer to tie it at 26 at halftime.
      Pitt-Johnstown reversed roles with the Bobcats and opened the second half of an 11-1 run to build a 37-27 lead on Rachel Johnson's (Palmyra, Pa.) basket at 16:22.
     Richardson scored in the paint three minutes later to get the West Virginia Wesleyan deficit down to five at 40-35, but the Lady Cats pushed it back out to nine 1:14 later.
     The Bobcats battled back and cut it to one on Brittany Maxey's 3-pointer, before Richardson's free-throw with 1:36 to play tie it at 53.
     However, Fratz nailed a 3-pointer to break the tie and added a free-throw to seal the four-point win.
     Fratz led all scorers with 24 points on 9-18 shooting.  Harper had nine points and six rebounds, while Sleighter finished with eight points off the bench.  Pitt-Johnstown also got five points and nine rebounds from Johnson, and four points and seven rebounds from Stephenson.
     The Lady Cats shot 35.5% (22-62) from the field, but held West Virginia Wesleyan to just 31.7% (20-63).  Pitt-Johnstown, which was out-rebounded 51-41, was also just 6-24 from behind the 3-point line and 7-16 from the free-throw line.  The Bobcats hit 2-5 from 3-point range and 11-18 from the charity stripe.
     Richardson's 21 points and game-high 14 rebounds paced three West Virginia Wesleyan players who scored in double figures.  Maxey chipped-in 16 points and 13 rebounds and Atavia Blake had 10 points for the Bobcats, who dropped 6-10 overall and 5-8 in the WVIAC.
     The  Lady Cats travel to Shepherd (WV) University on Monday. before returning home to host WVIAC doubleheaders with the Mountain Cats against Alderson-Broaddus (WV) College on Thursday, and Glenville State (WV) College on February 4.  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.