Lady Cats to Host Charleston In Monday's First Round of WVIAC Tournament
Head Coach Sasha Palmer and the #8-seeded Lady Cats will host #9-seeded University of Charleston (WV) in the First Round of the 2013 WVIAC Basketball Tournament, Monday at 7 p.m. in the Sports Center. The winner advances to Wednesday’s Quarterfinals at the Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va. to take on top-seeded Glenville State (WV) College at 6:30 p.m... (Live Stats) ... (Webcast)
The Lady Cats wrapped up the eighth seed with a 14-11 overall record and a 12-10 mark in conference-play. Pitt-Johnstown has dropped three of its last four games, including a 64-55 setback to Seton Hill University on Saturday. Kelsey Sleighter (Uniontown, Pa.) scored 15 points, and Jasmine Harper (Cleveland Heights, OH), the WVIAC Freshman of the Year, added 12 points and 12 rebounds. First-Team All-WVIAC choice Kaitlynn Fratz (Accident, MD) finished with 11 points, while Rachel Johnson (Palmyra, Pa.) had five points and pulled down 13 rebounds.
Nationally, Fratz ranks 26th in the country in points per game and 66th in assists per game, and Inaya Stephenson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 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.
Ninth-seeded Charleston, under Head Coach Adam Collins (1st year), has lost two of its last three games and comes in at 14-12 overall and an 11-11 in the WVIAC. The Golden Eagles are coming off of a 73-49 loss at West Virginia State University on Saturday. Nichole Perry scored 16 points and Jessi Cowden chipped-in 13 points and five rebounds in the loss to the Yellow Jackets.
Nationally for the Golden Eagles, Cowden ranks 12th in 3-point field goals per game and 15th in 3-point field goal percentage, while Chrissy Keir is 20th in assist-to-turnover-ratio and 50th in assists per game. As a team, Charleston is third in 3-point field goals per game, 15th in scoring offense, 21st in turnover margin, and 43rd in steals per game.
In the only other meeting this season, Pitt-Johnstown traveled to Charleston, W.Va. on February 9 and came away with an 83-69 victory behind Johnson’s 16 points and 14 rebounds. Nicole Carman (Cleveland, OH) scored 15 points. Fratz had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Stephenson and Sleighter each scored a dozen points for the Lady Cats. Keir scored a game-high 20 points, and Cowden tallied nine points and eight rebounds to lead Charleston.
Follow the entire 2013 WVIAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament, including internet broadcast schedules, brackets and pairings at wviac.org.