D&E earns first victory, downs Cats

ELKINS – Davis & Elkins erupted for 47 second-half points to pull away from Pitt-Johnstown, 91-80, Tuesday night at the McDonnell Center.

It was the Senators’ first victory after two straight losses to start the season.

Stephanie Wooten fired in a season-best 21 points, and Alicia Lentz tied a career-high with 18 points to lead D&E.

Wooten and Lentz combined to shoot 15-of-26 from the field and scored 27 points in the second half. Lentz added a team-best nine rebounds and four blocks. Sharmaine Baker chipped in with 14 points.

D&E trailed 50-44 at the intermission before tying the game at 50 on a jumper by Lentz early into the second half.

The Mountain Cats then embarked on a 12-6 run, capped by a trey from Kelsey Sleighter.

Another jumper by Lentz got the Senators even again at 62 with 10:28 left in regulation, and the score remained deadlocked at 70 before D&E took control.

A trey by Wooten ignited a 21-10 game-ending run over the final 4:45, and the hosts took their biggest lead of the night at game’s end on Maquasia Ferebee’s layup just before the final horn.

Kayla DeCriscio (24) and Kelsey Sleighter (22) combined for 46 of Pitt-Johnstown’s 80 points. Rachel Johnson pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds and Jasmine Harper added 13.

The Senators scored 32 points off of 30 UPJ turnovers in the game, and outscored the Mountain Cats, 52-14 in the paint. D&E shot 41 percent from the field.

Pitt-Johnstown opened up a 16-8 lead in the first half behind a pair of DeCriscio threes. The Senators battled back to knot the game at 22-22 with a 14-6 jolt aided by four Mountain Cat turnovers. DeCriscio put the visitors back in front for the rest of the half with a three on the ensuing possession

D&E will travel to Southern Indiana at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The Mountain Cats dropped to 0-1.