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Mountain Cat Basketball Press Release

Basketball Teams to Host Seton Hill For Senior Day
     The Pitt-Johnstown men's and women's basketball teams will wrap-up the 2012-13 season with a Senior Day WVIAC doubleheader against Seton Hill University, Saturday afternoon in the Sports Center.   Cats will tip-off at 1 p.m., followed by the men's game at 3 p.m... (Live Stats) ... (Webcast)

     Pitt-Johnstown will recognize this year's seniors...Maria Montini (Irwin, Pa.),Noah Hartung (Butler, Pa.), Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.), and Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.).

     The Mountain Cats, who still have a chance to host a first-round WVIAC Tournament game on Tuesday, slipped to 14-11 overall and 10-11 in conference-play, after Thursday’s 98-83 loss to third-ranked West Liberty (WV) University in the Sports Center.  Novak scored 27 points and Ian Vescovi (Patton, Pa.) added 17 points and five rebounds to pace four Mountain Cats who scored in double figures.   Miller finished with 14 points, and Bill Luther (Gibsonia, Pa.) chipped-in 12 points in the loss to the Hilltoppers.
     Novak stands in second-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List (1,953 pts.) and is the all-time leader in assists (531 assts.).  Miller is Pitt-Johnstown's all-time leader in 3-point field goals with 290 and is also 10th on the scoring list (1,351 pts.) and 10th on the assists list (320 assts.), while Luther is fourth on the career 3-point field goals list with 176.
     Nationally, Novak is 11th in assists per game, 12th in scoring, 24th in steals per game, 48th in free-throw percentage, and 55th in field goal percentage, while Miller ranks 12th in 3-point field goal percentage and 17th in 3-point field goals per game. Luther is 24th in 3-point field goal percentage and 47th in 3-point field goals per game, and sophomore center Vescovi ranks 28th in blocked shots per game.
     As a team, the Mountain Cats rank in the top-18 in six categories, including second in 3-point field goal percentage and third in field goal percentage.  Pitt-Johnstown is also sixth in personal fouls per game, 15th in assists per game, and 18th in both scoring offense and assist-to-turnover-ratio.

     Seton Hill, under Head Coach Tony Morocco (11th season), made it three straight wins and improved to 14-11 overall and 11-10 in the WVIAC with a 76-73 home win over Fairmont State (WV) University on Thursday.  Malachi Leonard and Ozren Bjelogrlic each scored 17 points, and Lenjo Kilo added 11 points and six rebounds.
     Nationally, the Griffins rank 45th in free-throw percentage, 60th in scoring defense, and 68th in blocked shots per game.

     Pitt-Johnstown leads the all-time series between the two schools, 11-3, but Seton Hill earned a 72-67 win in Greensburg on January 19.  Novak led all scorers with 22 points and five rebounds, and Luther finished with 13 points and five rebounds to pace the Mountain Cats.  Windsor tallied 14 points, while Leonard had 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds to pace the Griffins.

     The Mountain Cats open-up the 2013 WVIAC Tournament on Tuesday against an opponent and at a location still to be determined.  The top seed in the final WVIAC standings will receive a first round bye, while seeds two through eight will host a game on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.  Tuesday’s winners advance to the WVIAC Quarterfinals at the Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va.

     The Lady Cats, who hold a slim lead over Seton Hill for fifth-place in the WVIAC standings, fell to 14-10 overall and 12-9 in conference-play following Thursday’s 98-90 overtime loss to West Liberty (WV) University in the Sports Center.  Pitt-Johnstown built a 16-point advantage, but the Hilltoppers battled back to force overtime, before outscoring the Lady Cats 17-9 in the extra period.  Kaitlynn Fratz  (Accident, MD)and Nicole Carman (Cleveland, OH) each scored 24 points, while Kelsey Sleighter (Uniontown, Pa.) and Inaya Stephenson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) added 10 points apiece.
     Nationally, Fratz ranks 26th in the country in points per game and 66th in assists per game, and Stephenson is 71st in blocked shots per game.
     As a team, the Lady Cats are 34th in personal fouls per game, 35th in field goal percentage, 39th in scoring offense, and 49th in 3-point field goals per game and 51st in scoring offense.

     Seton Hill, 15-12 overall and 12-9 in the WVIAC under Head Coach Ferne Labati (7th-year), got 21points from Paige Alviani and 20 points and 11 rebounds from Katie Gattuso, but the Griffins were not able to erase a 13-point halftime deficit and suffered a 72-71 home loss to Fairmont State (WV) University on Thursday.
     Nationally for Seton Hill, Gattuso leads NCAA Division II in double-doubles and is ninth in rebounding and 50th in scoring, while Alviani is 10th in 3-point field goal percentage and 56th in 3-point field goals per game.
     As a team, the Griffins rank 15th in 3-point field goal percentage, 28th in turnovers per game, 31st in assists per game, and 38th in field goal percentage.

     In the last meeting between the two teams on January 19, Pitt-Johnstown traveled to Greensburg and came away with a 56-50 victory behind 20 points and 11 rebounds from Carman and 17 points from FratzMastroianni, and Tiara Stossel all scored 11 points, and Gattuso pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds to lead the Griffins.

     The Lady Cats open the 2013 WVIAC Tournament on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Sports Center against an opponent to be determined.  The winner advances to the Wednesday’s WVIAC Quarterfinals at the Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va.

Last Reviewed: March 11, 2008