University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. #9 University of Charleston (WV) - 02/25/13

ATH11_159_SleighterK_TLady Cats' Season Ends with Loss to Charleston in First Round of WVIAC Tournament
(Box Score) Kelsey Sleighter (Uniontown, Pa.) made four 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 16 points, but it was ninth-seeded University of Charleston (WV) that build a 12-point second half lead on its way to eliminating eighth-seeded Pitt-Johnstown, 72-64, in Monday's First Round of the 2013 WVIAC Tournament in the Sports Center.  Pitt-Johnstown finished the season 14-12.
     Nicole Carman's (Cleveland, OH) 3-pointer four minutes into the game put the Lady Cats in front 11-3.
     Charleston battled back to cut it 13-12 on a Kali Cuttaia jumper at 12:07, but Pitt-Johnstown quickly pushed it back out to seven at 19-17 on lay-ups by Kaitlynn Fratz(Accident, MD) and Carman.
     The Golden Eagles wouldn't go away and outscored Pitt-Johnstown 23-13 over the final 8:32 of the first half to take a three-point halftime advantage.  LeAnne Ross hit a 3-pointer that gave Charleston its first lead since the first possession of the game, before a Tianni Kelly bucket with 1:35 remaining in the half extended it to 35-30.
     The Lady Cats answered with another basket by Fratz with 31 seconds left to cut it to 35-32 at the break.
     Sleighter's 3-pointer to open the second half knotted it at 35, but the Golden Eagles pushed it out to 43-37 on Kelly's basket.
     The Lady Cats cut it to one on Jasmine Harper's (Cleveland Heights, OH) basket, but once again, Charleston regained control.  This time with a 10-0 run, capped by Jessie Cowden's 3-pointer, that put the Golden Eagles up 53-42 midway throught the half.
     Charleston extended it to 12 with just under eight minutes to play.
     Back-to-back 3-pointer by Sleighter, and a basket in the paint by Rachel Johnson (Palmyra, Pa.)cut it to four at the 4:16 mark.  Fratz then made it a two-point game, but Pitt-Johnstown wasn't able to get over the hump.
     Four straight points by Charleston increased it to 66-60, and the Golden Eagles hit six-of-8 free-throws in the final 57 seconds to seal it.
     Sleigher's 16 points led three Lady Cats who scored in double figures.  Harper had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Fratz ended with 14 points.  Carman added nine points and six rebounds, and Johnson scored five points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
     The Lady Cats, who held a 41-33 advantage on the glass, but could not overcome 22 turnovers, shot 45% (27-60) from the field, 5-15 from behind the 3-point line, and just 5-10 from the free-throw line.  Charleston ended the night shooting 43.9% from the floor, but just 6-26 from 3-point range.  The Golden Eagles were 8-11 from the charity stripe.
     Cuttaia scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, and Cowden chipped-in 14 points to pace Charleston, which improved to 15-12.
     The Golden Eagles advance to Wednesday's WVIAC Quarterfinals to take on top-seed Glenville State (WV) College at the Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va.