University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

at Wheeling Jesuit (WV) University - 02/16/12

ATH11_151_CarmanN_TCarman Leads Lady Cats to Win Over Cardinals
     02/16/13... (Box Score) Nicole Carman (Cleveland, OH) had a career-high 30 points and 10 rebounds, and the Lady Cats used a 16-4 second half run to break open a four-point lead in a 74-64 WVIAC victory at Wheeling Jesuit (WV) University on Saturday.  Pitt-Johnstown improved to 14-9 overall and 12-8 in conference-play.
     The Lady Cats rode the red-hot 7-of-8 shooting from Carman in the early going to build a 12-point advantage.  Carman scored 18 of Pitt-Johnstown's first 22 points, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range, to give the Lady Cats a 22-10 lead, before a Leah Hansen (Waterford, Pa.) basket made it 24-12 midway through the first half.
     Wheeling Jesuit battled back with an 18-7 run over the next nine minutes to pull to within one with under a minute to go.  Taneka Lewis' conventional 3-point play cut the deficit in half at the eight-minute mark, and Jamie Sobczak connected on a jumper with 46 seconds left to get it down to 31-30.
     The Lady Cats answered right back with a Kelsey SLeighter (Uniontown, Pa.) 3-pointer on their next possession to go into the halftime break up 34-30.
     A basket by Inaya Stephenson (Pittsburgh, Pa.), followed by five more points from Carman rebuilt the Pitt-Johnstown lead to 41-34 four minutes into the second half.
     The Cardinals got a 3-pointer from Emily Robinson to get it back down to four, but Kailtynn Fratz (Accident, MD) scored five pointes, and Sleighter hit consecutive 3-pointers in a 16-4 Lady Cat spurt to extend it to 57-41 with 9:50 to play.
     Wheeling Jesuit used an 18-7 run over the next 6:03 to cut it to 64-59 on Alex Anderson's bucket at 3:47, but Sleighter's fourth 3-pointer of the game pushed it back out to seven, and Pitt-Johnstown held on for the victory.
     Carman had game-highs of 30 points and 10 rebounds to lead three Lady Cats who scored in double figures.  Sleighter had 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting (4-5 3-pointers), and Fratz finished with 13 points and seven assists.  Stephenson scored eight points and pulled down seven rebounds, while Rachel Johnson (Palmyra, Pa.) and Jasmine Harper (Cleveland Heights, OH) combined for 15 rebounds.
     Pitt-Johnstown shot 53.8% (28-52) from the field and 10-of-17 from 3-point range, while holding the Cardinals to just 34.2% (26-76) shooting, including just 4-of-13 from behind the 3-point line.  The Lady Cats hit 8-of-14 from the free-throw line, and Wheeling Jesuit was 8-of-15 from the charity stripe.
     Lewis scored 13 points to lead Wheeling Jesuit.  Sobczak had 11 points and seven rebounds, and Jaila Bryant added 12 points for the Caridnals, who dropped their nine game in their last 12.  Wheeling Jesuit is now 7-16 overall and 4-15 in the WVIAC.
     The Lady Cats close out the regular season with home conference games against West Liberty (WV) University on Thursday and Seton Hill University for Senior Day on Saturday, before opening the 2013 WVIAC Tournament on February 25.