Jan. 9, 2008
PITTSBURGH - Pitt's Shavonte Zellous picked up her eighth 20-point game and her fifth consecutive with 26 points in the Panthers' 85-75 victory over Syracuse. Pitt improves to 12-3 overall and 2-0 in Big East play while Syracuse falls to 13-2 overall and 1-1 in league action.
"We played pretty well tonight," Pitt head coach Agnus Berenato said. "I thought Mallorie Winn did a beautiful job handling the point; she's really starting to get her legs and feel for the game back. We struggled a little bit in the first half with fouls, but I thought our bench was great and really picked us up so that we had a chance to hang in there. The Big East is a battle day-in and day-out and you have to win every game you can regardless of the circumstances. Syracuse is a great team with great players, and they provided us with a tough test tonight."
Senior guard Mallorie Winn (San Diego, Calif./Bishop's/Georgia Tech) had a breakout game as she scored a season-best 19 points, dished out six assists and added four rebounds in 38 minutes of play.
Pitt freshman contributed 23 points and 14 rebounds in the win and junior guard Xenia Stewart (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist) added 12 points, five assists and four rebounds.
The Panthers led by as many as 18 with just 5:59 remaining in the game, but the Orange fought back to cut the game to single digits down the stretch. Syracuse went on a 10-2 run to cut the game to nine at 73-64. They would pull to within eight points at 81-73 with 0:22 on the clock, but Pitt hit two free throws and a Winn layup to claim the 10-point victory.
Pitt finished the game hitting 46.3 percent from the floor on 25 of 54 shooting, while holding Syracuse to 35.8 from the floor (24 of 67). Pitt held a slight rebounding margin of 40 to 37 and the Panthers had 19 assists on the night.
Senior Marcedes Walker (Philadelphia, Pa./University City) will go for her 1,000th career rebound Saturday at Cincinnati as she finished the night with five points and six rebounds. Walker needs just seven rebounds to reach the milestone.
Pitt's game at Cincinnati will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Radio 970 AM with Greg Linnelli and Jen Tuscano calling the action. Every game can also be heard live as a part of Panthers All-Access at www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
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