University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. Seton Hill University - 02/23/13

ATH11_159_SleighterK_TLady Cats Fall to Seton Hill on Senior Day
     02/23/13... (Box Score) Kelsey Sleighter (Uniontown, Pa.) scored 15 points and Jasmine Harper (Cleveland Heights, OH) added a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Seton Hill University held the lead nearly the entire game en route to handing the Lady Cats a 64-55 Senior Day loss on Saturday in the Sports Center.  Pitt-Johnstown, which could not overcome 30% shooting from the field, closed out the regular season at 14-11 overall and 12-10 in the WVIAC.
     Prior to the game, Pitt-Johnstown recognized Maria Montini (Irwin, Pa), this year's lone senior.
     Seton Hill jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead on Clare Berenato's lay-up four minutes into the game, but the Lady Cats got seven points from Sleighter, including a 3-pointer, in a 10-3 spurt to take their first lead at 12-10.
     Rachel Johnson (Palmyra, Pa.) hit a 3-pointer of her own make it 15-12 midway through the half, but the Griffins outscored Pitt-Johnstown 25-13 the rest of the way to build a nine-point halftime advantage.
     Paige Alviani got the lead back for Seton Hill just over two minutes later, and an Alviani 3-pointer at 1:36 increased the Griffins lead to 32-23.
     The Lady Cats answered right back with a three from Kaitlynn Fratz (Accident, MD) to cut it to six, but Seton got a jumper from Katie Gattuso with 12 second left to rebuilt it to nine at 37-28 at the break.
     Seton Hill came out in the second half and extended back to eight on a Gattuso bucket, before the Lady Cats followed with an 11-3 run, capped by Nicole Carman's (Cleveland, OH) lay-up at 13:14, to knot it at 44.
     The Griffins scored six straight points after that and the Lady Cats were never able to get closer than four the rest of the way.
     Sleighter's 15 points and Harper's 12 points and 12 rebounds paced three Lady Cats who scored in double figures.  Fratz finished with 11 points and four assists, while Johnson scored five points and pulled down 13 rebounds in the loss.
     The Lady Cats struggled on the offensive end, hitting just 29.7% (19-64) of their field goal attempts, including just 3-18 from behind the 3-point line.  Pitt-Johnstown was also 14-19 from the free-throw line.  Seton Hill shot 37.7% (23-61) overall, 5-15 from 3-point range, and 13-17 from the charity stripe.
     Alviani ended with a game-high 22 points, and Gattuso added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Griffins, who improved to 16-12 overall and 13-9 in conference-play.   
The Lady Cats will open the 2013 WVIAC Tournament on Monday in the Sports Center against an opponent to be determined.  Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.