For 30 minutes the Pitt-Johnstown Lady Cats hung with the Glenville State (W. Va.) Lady Pioneers (12-0), ranked sixth in NCAA Division II.

But in the final 10 minutes, Glenville beat UPJ both inside and out Monday night at the Sports Center, 72-52.

“It was like we just didn’t want to play after a while,” UPJ coach Jodi Gault said after her team had suffered its third straight loss.

In the defeat, UPJ senior center Samantha Conner achieved a personal milestone, topping the 1,000-point scoring mark for her career, just the 28th Lady Cat to accomplish the feat.

Conner needed three points and finished with a team-high 17, the only Lady Cat to score in double figures. The former Everett standout hit the key shot with 8:38 left in the first half.

“It’s a great accolade that I’m in the record books with the rest of the 1,000-point scorers,” Conner said. “It kind of makes you think about all the hard work and dedication you put into it.”

Glenville held the Lady Cats (11-5) to less than 30 percent shooting for the game while getting 21 points and 21 rebounds from 6-foot-6 Denai Dobbins and hitting nine 3-pointers as a team.

“We just couldn’t shoot the ball,” Gault said. “When we miss shots, we don’t want to play. I don’t respect that. We lack a lot of pride right now and it’s going to take some soul searching for us to get our pride back. If we can’t shoot, we break down. We don’t want to defend, we don’t want to run, we don’t want to do anything. That’s a team thing.”

Glenville took a 7-0 lead before UPJ could get on the board on a Crystal Andrews 3-pointer. The Lady Cats led just once in the first half, 22-21, on a free throw by Jessica Zapf with 4:43 on the clock.

The Pioneers led 30-27 at the half with Dobbins scoring 12 of her points and grabbing 10 boards.

UPJ battled back in the second half. There were eight lead changes and three ties, the final one at 42 with 11:02 left. The Pioneers then hit three straight 3-pointers and the Lady Cats didn’t have an answer.

“We’re just not playing good basketball right now,” Gault said. “We can’t make a lay-up, we can’t make a free throw, we can’t hit a jump shot. You have to be able to bounce back when you miss shots and we don’t have that mental toughness right now.”

Cory Isenberg can be reached at 532-5080 or at

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