Jan. 7, 2012
PITTSBURGH – Pitt women’s basketball fell, 83-60, to Syracuse on Saturday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center. The loss dropped the Panthers to 0-3 in Big East play and 8-8 overall.
Redshirt sophomore Ashlee Anderson led the Panthers in both points (14) and rebounds (9). Sophomores Marquel Davis and Asia Logan combined for 21 points, off the bench.
Syracuse senior Iasia Hemingway paced all scorers with a career-high 33 points, one of three Orange players in double figures. Hemingway connected on 15-of-16 from the free throw line, both Petersen Events Center records.
As a team, SU also reached building records in free throws made (34) and attempted (38).
Trailing by six in the first four minutes of the game, Pitt rebounded with four-straight points to close the gap to two at 10-8 with 15:03 on the clock. SU used a 7-2 run to roll to its first double-digit lead of the game at 20-10 following a layup from Carmen Tyson-Thomas.
The Panthers got a jumpstart from the bench as Davis opened a 5-0 run with a floating runner and sophomore Kyra Dunn closed it with a layup in the paint to cut the deficit to five (20-15) at the 9:18 mark.
Pitt used a 12-5 surge to take its first lead of the game with 5:32 showing left in the first half. Davis had four and sophomore Abby Dowd added three points over the spurt which pushed Pitt ahead, 27-25.
SU turned the tables, using the free throw line and the 3-point line to take a lead it would not relinquish. SU got four-consecutive from the free throw line and then a 3-pointer from Tyson-Thomas for a seven-point swing and a 32-27 advantage.
Logan quieted the Orange with a triple from the near side, but SU hit two more 3-pointers and sandwiched in three from the free throw line to move ahead by nine (41-32). A jumper from Anderson made it 41-34 at intermission.
In the second half, Pitt could not get any offense going – missing its first eight shots and turning the ball over four times to start the stanza. The first field goal came at the 12:42 mark and made it a 15-point game at 57-42. The Panthers could only get as close as 13 on a baseline trey from Anderson, but could gain no further ground in dropping their second-straight.
SU, who was averaging 50.6 rebounds a game, was held to its second-lowest total on the season with 39. Both teams turned turnovers into points as Pitt tallied 16 points off of miscues and the Orange had 23
Pitt looks to halt its skid on Tuesday, Jan. 10 when it entertains No. 10 Rutgers. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center.
Pitt drops to 19-30 all-time against Syracuse as the Orange have won the past-three straight in the series. The all-time record in Pittsburgh moves to 12-12. The meeting was the 49th in program history.
Ashlee Anderson tied her career high with nine rebounds. She also grabbed nine boards earlier this season against the Mount (Nov. 29, 2011).
Anderson has scored in double figures in six games.
Asia Logan had 10 points, her sixth double-figure game of the season and second-straight.
Marquel Davis scored 11 points, posting double figures for the fourth-straight outing and in the seventh game this season. Davis drained two 3-pointers and has hit four over the past two games – after only attempting one triple in the first 43 games of her career.
In addition to SU’s free throw makes and attempts being a Petersen Events Center record (34-of-38), the numbers were also a season-high for an opponent. The previous building high was 25 (reached three times, lastly by West Virginia on 2/19/11) and 37 (by West Virginia, 2/19/11)