UPJ WOMENS BASKETBALL UPDATE
Posted Monday, November 16, 2009 by Ed Dalton
Lady Cats Battle #21 IUP, before Falling 63-61
11/15/09... (Box Score) Andrea Dalton (Washington, Pa.) poured in 20 points, but No. 21 Indiana University (PA) answered every Pitt-Johnstown run and dealt the Lady Cat basketball team a 63-61 season-opening loss, Sunday afternoon in the Sports Center.
Lacey Claar's second straight three-pointer pushed IUP out to a 15-2 lead 4:30 into the game. Monae Baker (Bushkill, Pa.) and Dalton combined to score 15 points over the next 11 minutes to help Pitt-Johnstown battle its way back into the game. The Lady Cats eventually took a 27-26 lead on Katie McBroom's (Derry, Pa.) lay-up at the 3:54 mark, but the Crimson Hawks closed out the first half on a 7-2 run to take a 33-29 halftime lead.
IUP extended the lead to 41-36 on Sylvie Tafen's foul line jumper nearly five minutes into the second half, before the Lady Cats used a quick 5-0 run to knot the score at 41 on Baker's lay-up with 13:39 to play. Dalton's three-pointer gave Pitt-Johnstown a 46-45 lead at 9:01. The Crimson Hawks answered and rebuilt the lead to eight points on another Claar three-pointer with 4:54 remaining. Once again, Pitt-Johnstown responded to cut the deficit to 59-57 on Dalton's fourth three-pointer of the day at 2:57, but IUP was able to hold on down the stretch for the two-point victory.
Dalton's 20 points on 8-15 shooting from the field and 4-7 from behind the three-point line led three Lady Cats who scored in double-figures. Maria Montini (Irwin, Pa.) and Baker each scored 10 points. Baker and Dalton each pulled down five rebounds, while Sheena Aden (Sandy Lake, Pa.) chipped in nine points and three rebounds.
Eryn Withers' 20 points led IUP and matched matched Dalton for game-high. Tafen added 17 points and five rebounds, and Claar had 16 points, including four three-pointers. Hillary Shope grabbed a game-high seven rebounds and Kierstin Filla dished out a game-high nine assists for the Crimson Hawks, who improve to 1-0.
Prior to tip-off, the Lady Cat basketball program and the Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Department had a moment of silence and dedicated the 2009-10 season to former Lady Cat standout Jody Billingsley (1990-1994), who was an unfortunate victim of the L.A. Fitness Center shooting outside Pittsburgh in August. Billingsley, a native of Utica, Pa. and a graduate of Franklin Area High School, was 37.
Pitt-Johnstown will welcome Georgian Court (NJ) University, Lake Erie (OH) College and Slippery Rock University for the Lady Cat Classic on Saturday and Sunday in the Sports Center. Slippery Rock will take on Lake Erie on Saturday at 1 p.m., before Pitt-Johnstown plays Georgian Court at 3 p.m. On Sunday, Georgian Court and Slippery Rock will play at 1 p.m., with the Lake Erie-Pitt-Johnstown game at 3 p.m.