Lady Cats Build 28-0 Lead in Win Over Battlers
01/31/13... (Box Score) The Lady Cats build a 28-0 lead and held Alderson-Broaddus (WV) College to just five first half points in a 77-39 WVIAC victory over the Battlers, Thursday evening in the Sports Center. Jasmine Harper (Cleveland Heights, OH) scored 15 points and Nicole Carman (Cleveland, OH) added 11 points on a night that saw all 12 Lady Cats get into the scoring column. Pitt-Johnstown extended its winning streak to five games and improved to 12-7 overall and 10-6 in conference-play.
It was all Lady Cats from the start. Pitt-Johnstown held Alderson-Broaddus scoreless for the first 12 minutes and opened-up a 28-0 lead. Rachel Johnson (Palymra, Pa.) put the Lady Cats up 10, before six straight points from Harper doubled it to 20-0 at 11:47.
Pitt-Johnstown wasn't done there. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Kelsey Sleighter (Uniontown, Pa.) pushed it out to 26-0, before another bucket in the paint by Harper closed the run at 28-0 with 9:09 left in the half.
The Battlers, who shot just 7.1% in the first half, got on the scoreboard with a Cayla Rhodes free-throw at 7:58. Nautica Davis followed with jumper to make it 28-3, but Pitt-Johnstown outscored Alderson-Broaddus 11-2 the rest of the way to build a 34-point halftime advantage.
An Olivia Rizzo (Irwin, Pa.) free-throw extended it to 36-3, and Maria Montini (Irwin, Pa.) connected on a 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining to give the Lady Cats a 39-5 lead at the break.
Although the Battlers improved to score 34 second half points and shoot 42% from the floor, it was still all Pitt-Johnstown.
The Lady Cats built the lead to 37 at 65-28 on Rizzo's 3-pointer at 6:37.
Amanda People's hit a free-throw with 3:23 to play got the deficit down to 29, but that was as close as it would get.
Pitt-Johnstown closed out the game on an 11-2 run, capped by Donimique Smith's (Maple Heights, OH) 3-pointers with 25 second remaining, that gave the Lady Cats their largest lead of the night at 38.
Harper had 15 points and Carman added 11 to lead a balanced Lady Cat scoring attack. Kaitlynn Fratz (Accident, MD) and Sleighter each chipped in nine points, while Inaya Stephenson (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Leah Hansen (Waterford, Pa.), and Rizzo all had six points. Stephenson grabbed a game-high seven rebounds, and Grace Hyland (Pittsburgh, Pa.) pulled down six rebounds.
Pitt-Johnstown followed-up Monday's 57% shooting with 58.8% (30-51) shooting against the Battlers. The Lady Cats hit 8-15 from 3-point range and 9-15 from the free-throw line. After shooting just 7.1% in the first half, the Battlers ended the night at 26.2% (16-61). Alderson-Broaddus was 4-16 from behind the 3-point line and 3-8 from the charity stripe.
Sydney Shaffer had nine points, and Cayla Rhodes added five points and six rebounds to pace Alderson-Broaddus, which dropped to 4-13 overall and 3-10 in the WVIAC.
The Lady Cats host a WVIAC doubleheader with the Mountain Cats against Glenville State (WV) College on Monday. The Lady Cats will tip-off at 5:30 p.m., with the men's game to follow at 7:30 p.m. Pitt-Johnstown will then begin a stretch of three straight WVIAC road games starting at the University of Charleston (WV) on February 9.