Davis & Elkins used a late run to break open a close game and defeat the Pitt-Johnstown women’s basketball team 63-54 on Thursday night at the Sports Center.
The Senators used a 14-4 spurt over the final 3:38 of play as UPJ’s one-point lead ballooned into a nine-point loss in WVIAC play.
UPJ’s Nicole Carman had a team-high 17 points. Kaitlynn Fratz had 11 points, four rebounds and three assists.
“Our defense played pretty well but, unfortunately, we had some mental lapses at the wrong time,” said Carman, a
5-foot-11 sophomore forward. “Our offense wasn’t hitting. We kept trying to get to the basket and they kept blocking our shots. Those mental lapses at the end were crucial.”
Pitt-Johnstown had its three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 7-7 overall, 5-6 in WVIAC play.
“We’ve just got to learn from this game. We’ve got to be ready for Seton Hill,” Carman said of Saturday’s conference road game. “They’re a tough team. They have good people down low and we need to be able to defense them.”
UPJ jumped out to a 15-6 lead, but Davis & Elkins answered with an 11-2 run over the next 4:40 to tie the game at 17-all on a pair of Alicia Lentz free throws at 9:19 of the opening half.
Rachel Johnson’s jumper at the 2-minute mark put Pitt-Johnstown back up by three, but the Senators got a Sharmaine Baker basket with with a minute left and a jumper from Ashley Bowles at the buzzer to take a slim 29-28 halftime advantage.
The second half was just as close. After seven lead changes in the first 10 minutes, Davis & Elkins used a 7-0 spurt to lead 45-39 on a Jorden Lyke's layup with 9 minutes left.
The Lady Cats tied it on Jasmine Harper’s basket, before Carman put UPJ back in front, 47-45, with 4:59 to go.
“They left me open in certain spots that I usually hit my shots from,” Carman said. “I got to the basket a couple times because our post sealed my defender off and that allowed me to score.
“Kaitlyn Fratz is one of our main scorers, but when she was having difficulty scoring, she got the ball to people who scored. There are certain times that I had a person on me who had trouble guarding me. They got me the ball.”
After a tie and two more lead changes, the Senators used their late run to close the game.
Johnson had a game-high 12 rebounds and seven points for UPJ. Page Turner led Davis & Elkins (7-7, 6-4) with 17 points.