Jan. 6, 2008
CHICAGO, Ill. - Pitt junior Shavonte Zellous tied her career high with 31 points in the Panthers' dominating 97-68 win at No. 15 DePaul Sunday afternoon. The Pitt win gives DePaul just their second loss in the last 70 games to an unranked team.
DePaul (11-3, 0-1 Big East) is also the highest-ranked team Pitt (11-3, 1-0 Big East) has defeated since head coach Agnus Berenato came to Pitt in 2003. Previous to the 29-point win, Berenato's lone win over a ranked team at Pitt was a 91-87 overtime win over No. 16 Marquette last season. The Blue Demons are also an impressive 90-13 in McGrath Arena.
"This was a great game for the Pitt program," Berenato said. "This game is a sign of things to come and I was so proud of the team from the tip off. We played smart and we played with emotion the entire game.
"We just beat a very good DePaul team," Berenato continued. "The Big East is a battle day-in and day-out and we are thrilled to come out of here with a great victory."
Zellous' (Orlando, Fla./Jones) 31 points tied her career high, which she set last season vs. Boise State. She scored 12 in the first half and nine in the first four minutes of the second half, taking over the game. Zellous ended the game hitting 13 of 23 from the field and was 5 of 6 from the free throw line.
The Panthers had a scare in the first half when Marcedes Walker (Philadelphia, Pa./University City) hit the floor and was slow to get up. Walker returned minutes later, however and went on to pick up her eighth double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Also scoring in double figures for the Panthers were Jania Sims (Newark, N.J./Shabazz) with 11 points, five rebounds and five assists, and Xenia Stewart (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist) with 10 points and five assists. Freshman Chelsea Cole (Lumberton, N.J./Rancocas Valley) just missed her second double-double of the year with eight points and nine rebounds.
Pitt was outstanding statistically hitting 50.0 percent of its shots (37 of 74) and was 20 of 25 from the free throw line (80.0 percent).DePaul was just 5 of 16 from three point range, typically averaging eight per game. The Panthers also out-rebounded DePaul 47 to 31 on the day.
Pitt will return home Wednesday, Jan. 9 against Syracuse at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the web as a part of Panthers All-Access at www.pittsburghpanthers.com as well as FOX Sports Radio 970 AM with Greg Linnelli and Mike Clark calling the action.
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