JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — Cold shooting, including just 16 percent in the second half by the Lady Cats, allowed Charleston (W.Va.) to overcome a seven-point second half deficit and end Pitt-Johnstown’s season with a 56-51 victory in Monday’s first round of the WVIAC Tournament.
Nicole Carman scored 13 points and had a game-high 12 rebounds for the Lady Cats, whose season came to an end with a 14-13 overall record.
In a tight first half Charleston scored on its first possession, but was only able to extend it to as many as four points over the first 13 minutes of the game.
Pitt-Johnstown eventually tied it at 21 on two Amber Smith free-throws that ignited a 14-3 run over the next five minutes to build a nine-point Lady Cat advantage.
|WVIAC TOURNEY FIRST ROUND|
|No. 2 Concord 85, Wheeling Jesuit 57|
|No. 3 Glenville St. No. 14 Alderson-Broad. 56|
|No. 4 Shepherd 72, No. 13 Bluefield St. 40|
|No. 5 Fairmont St. 73, No. Ohio Valley 66|
|No. 6 Davis & Elikins 66, No. 11 W. Va. St. 64|
|No. 10 Charleston 56, No. 7 Pitt.-Johnstown 51|
|No. 9 West Liberty 71, No. 8 Seton Hill 62|
Smith’s lay-up on the next possession gave the Lady Cats their first lead of the night, before Katie McBroom’s 3-pointer from the corner capped the run and put Pitt-Johnstown up 33-24 with 1:23 left.
The Golden Eagles answered with back-to-back buckets of their own, including Erika Rousculp’s lay-up with three seconds to go, to cut it to 33-28 at the half.
Charleston scored the first six points of the second half to maintain the momentum and tie the score at 33 on Nicole Perry’s 3-pointer.
Five consecutive points from Kaitlynn Fratz and 3-pointers from Carman and Kayla Loughner pushed the Pitt-Johnstown lead back out to 44-37.
However, Pitt-Johnstown managed just seven points the rest of the way.
The Golden Eagles tied the score at 48 on a Lauren Davis 3-pointer with four minutes to play and took the lead for good on another Davis basket 30 seconds later.
Charleston extended it to as many as seven, before holding off the Lady Cats by five.
Carman had 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Fratz added 12 points and six rebounds to lead Pitt-Johnstown. Loughner finished with eight points while Kelsey Sleighter chipped in four points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Neither team shot the ball well. Pitt-Johnstown shot just 28 percent (18-64) from the field and just 6-31 from behind the 3-point line. The Lady Cats did, however, go 9-11 from the charity stripe. The Golden Eagles finished the night shooting 33 percent (24-71) from the floor, 3-9 from 3-point range and 5-13 from the free-throw line.
Davis paced three Charleston players who scored in double figures (17 points, 10 rebounds). Rousculp, the nation’s leading rebounder, had 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Kayla Dozier had 10 points for the Golden Eagles who improved to 13-14 overall.