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UPJ Lady Cats Earn 82-70 Win at Slippery Rock

Posted Wednesday, December 09, 2009 by Ed Dalton
Lady Cats Earn 82-70 Win at Slippery Rock 
     12/08/09... (Box Score)  Monae Baker (Bushkill, Pa.) followed-up her 38-point performance against West Liberty (WV) University with game-highs of 27 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Lady Cat basketball team to an 82-70 non-conference victory at Slippery Rock University on Tuesday.  Pitt-Johnstown made it three straight wins and improved to 4-3.
     Grace Palucis' basket five minutes into the game gave Slippery Rock an 8-4 lead, but Baker scored the next six points to give the Lady Cats their first lead of the night at 10-8 with 13:15 left in the first half.
     Holding onto a slim 19-16 lead with 9:16 remaining, Pitt-Johnstown began to open things up.  Baker's lay-up capped a 15-4 run over the next 6:30 to increase the advantage to 34-20 at 2:47, before Slippery Rock's Alex Beatty answered with a basket and a three-pointer cut cut the deficit to 34-25 at halftime.
     Bethany Caudill opened the second half with a three-pointer to pull The Rock to within 34-28, but a three-pointer by Qiuana Brown (Monroeville, Pa.) and a lay-up by Baker pushed the lead back out to 13 points at 41-28 at 18:04.
     Maria Montini's (Irwin, Pa.) three-pointer extended the Lady Cat lead to 56-37 at 12:18.  Slippery Rock cut it to 59-45 1:30 later on Chere Marshall's jumper.  However, a Montini free-throw with 6:52 left gave Pitt-Johnstown its largest lead of the game at 76-56, before the Lady Cats rolled to the 12-point win.
     Baker led all scorers with 27 points on 12-16 shooting from the field, 1-2 from three-point range and 2-4 from the free-throw line.  Andrea Dalton (Washington, Pa.) scored 14 points, while Brown collected 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists.  Sheena Aden (Sandy Lake, Pa.), Kelly Goode (Point Pleasant, OH) and Montini all scored seven points.  Aden added seven rebounds and a game-high nine assists for Pitt-Johnstown, which out rebounded The Rock 52-27 and held a 28-10 advantage on the offensive glass.
     Marshall scored 16 points and Julie Molloy chipped in 12 points for Slippery Rock, which dropped to 2-4.

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