Pitt-Johnstown women’s basketball looking for an upset before winter break


Patrick McGinnis, Sports Writer

As the fall semester closes, Pitt-Johnstown’s women’s basketball team will look to recover from a loss when they play eighth-ranked Glenville State College (WV). The Mountain Cats are currently 4-3 and are tied for fifth place in the PSAC Western Division.

UPJ’s last regular-season game was played on Dec. 3 against East Stroudsburg University, with the Huskies emerging in a 57-39 win. The Mountain Cats kept it close during the first half, even taking a 13-12 lead with 4:14 left in the second quarter and going into halftime down just 19-16. East Stroudsburg began to pull away in the third quarter, however, outscoring Pitt-Johnstown 24-11 to take a 43-27 lead. The Huskies maintained their lead for the final 18-point margin of victory, and UPJ finished with a season-low 39 points.

Since then, the Mountain Cats lost an exhibition game against Mount St. Mary’s University (MD) on Dec. 7, where they were outscored 88-61.

As their matchup against Glenville State looms, Pitt-Johnstown is led by Ashley Norling in scoring, who is averaging 14.1 points per game through 7 games. Peyton Alazaus and Olivia Fasick are also above ten points per game, at 12.6 and 11.4, respectively. Hayden Taylor leads the team in three-point percentage, shooting 9-23 (.391) so far.

Following their game against Glenville State on Tuesday, Dec. 13, Pitt-Johnstown will then face West Chester University in the Sports Center on Dec. 18 at 1:00 p.m.