Lady Cats Suffer 77-67 Home Loss to WV State
02/09/09...West Virginia State University opened up a 14-point halftime lead and went on to hand the Lady Cat basketball team a 77-67 home loss Monday night. Sheena Aden's (Sandy Lake, Pa.) 18 points led Pitt Johnstown, which has lost two straight games and slipped to 13-8 overall and 11-3 in the WVIAC.
West Virginia State, which never trailed, climbed out to an 18-9 lead on Danielle Davis' three-pointer with 11:23 to play. Lindsay Cale's (Hummelstown, Pa.) layup at 6:51cut the Pitt Johnstown deficit to 26-21, but the Yellow Jackets outscored the Lady Cats 16-7 the rest of the way to take a 42-28 halftime lead.
The Yellow Jackets continued to build on the lead in the second half. Davis's three-pointer with 13:09 left on the clock capped a 15-6 run to open the half. Pitt Johnstown slowly chipped away, and cut it to 66-52 on Andrea Dalton's (Washington, Pa.) layup seven minutes later. However, West Virginia State rebuilt the lead back to 17 points with 1:59 remaining. The Lady Cats outscored the Yellow Jackets 7-2 down the stretch to close the gap to 10 points, but it was too late.
Aden led three Lady Cats who scored in double figures with 18 points on 5-9 shooting and 7-8 from the free-throw line. Monae Baker (Bushkill, Pa.) collected 17 points and six rebounds, while Dalton rounded out the double figures scorers with 15 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Sara Trimarco (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) finished with six points, four rebounds and a game-high seven assists, while Cale added four points to give her 971 for her career. Cale needs 29 points to become the 31st Lady Cat to reach the 1,000-point mark.
Both teams shot 47% from the field. Pitt Johnstown was just 3-13 from three-point range and 12-16 from the free-throw line, while the Yellow Jackets, who out rebounded the Lady Cats 36-30, hit 6-14 from behind the three-point line and 11-13 from the charity stripe.
West Virginia State's Brittany Mingo led all scorers with 22 points. Sandrea Coleman added 12 points and Danielle Davis chipped in 11 points off the bench to help lead the Yellow Jackets, who improved to 10-11 overall and 8-6 in conference play.
The Lady Cats travel to West Liberty State (WV) College on Thursday, before returning home to host a WVIAC doubleheader with the Mountain Cats against Wheeling Jesuit (WV) University on Saturday for Breast Cancer Awareness Night. The Lady Cats will tip-off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men's game at 7:30 p.m.