University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
vs. Columbia Union (MD) College - 01/07/06
Lady Cats Get 10th Straight Victory with 66-40 Win Over Columbia Union
01/07/06...Head Coach Jodi Gault's Lady Cat basketball team extended its winning streak to 10 games with a, 66-40, victory over Columbia Union College Saturday night in the Sports Center. Senior center Samantha Conner (Everett, Pa.), who is now 33 points shy of becoming the 28th Lady Cat to reach the 1,000 point plateau, scored a team-high 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Pitt Johnstown. Junior forward Jessica Zapf (Pittsburgh, Pa.) pulled down 12 rebounds, including her 500th career rebound, to help the Lady Cats improve to 11-2 on the season.
Conner's 13 points came on 5-12 shooting from the field and 3-3 from the free-thow line. Conner also had three blocks and two steals. Along with Zapf's 12 rebounds, she tallied 10 points, including a perfect 8-8 from the free-throw line. Red-shirt freshmen guard Crystal Andrews (Johnstown, Pa.) added 10 points and game-highs of six assists and six steals. Coach Gault also got help off her bench from junior forward Jami Oaks (South Fork , Pa.) and red-shirt junior Shannon Reigh (Williamburg, Pa.). Oaks and Reigh each scored nine points and pulled down five and six rebounds, respectively.
Zapf's 500 career rebounds now puts her in 20th place on the Lady Cat All-Time Rebounding list. She is 15 rebounds shy of Jody Billingsley (1990-1994) for 19th place. Conner now has 457 career rebounds, placing her in 25th place on the list, 17 rebounds shy of Sue Rosso (1991-1995).
The Lady Pioneers took a 3-2 lead one minute into the game, but never held the lead again. Pitt Johnstown grabbed a 31-15 halftime lead, before increasing its lead to high as 30 points on two occasions, before going on to the 26 point victory.
The Lady Cats finished the game shooting 26-73 (35.6%) from the field and 13-15 (86.7%) from the free-throw line. Pitt Johnstown's defense was also able to hold Columbia Union to just 27.9% (17-61), while also forcing 29 turnovers and blocking eight shots.
Crystal Payne led all Lady Pioneers with 13 points and eight rebounds. Bethany Sloat tallied nine points and seven rebounds for Columbia Union, which fell to 1-14 on the season.
The Lady Cats travel to Edinboro University on Wednesday and Concord (WV) University on Saturday, before returning home to the Sports Center to host nationally-ranked Glenville State (WV) College on Monday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Last Reviewed: January 7, 2006