Jan. 12, 2008
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Led by a career-high 32 points from Shavonte Zellous and Marcedes Walker's 1,000th career rebound, the Pitt women's team defeated Cincinnati 86-61 Saturday afternoon to remain undefeated in league play.
"This was a great game and a pleasure to watch," head coach Agnus Berenato said. "We had some great contributions today from Marcedes and Shavonte was excellent with her new career high. She was untouchable."
Walker (Philadelphia, Pa./University City) reached the 1,000-rebound milestone just seconds into the second half and concluded the game with 18 points and 15 rebounds on the day. The double-double gives the senior center nine for the season and 46 for her career. She is also just the second player in Pitt history to score 1,000 points and tally 1,000 rebounds in a career. The other was Wanda Randolph, who finished her career with 1,479 points and 1,107 rebounds. Walker currently has 1,636 points and 1,008 rebounds.
"We have been working on our inside/outside game," Walker said. "I tried hard to get myself in position for offensive rebounds. The guards were getting shots and my confidence in kicking out the ball is getting better."
Zellous (Orlando, Fla./Jones) scored 18 of her 32 points in the first half, hitting four three-pointers along the way. Those four threes were a career record for the junior guard, who has not hit a three yet this season. Mallorie Winn (San Diego, Calif/Bishop's/Georgia Tech) also had a strong day for the Panthers with 10 points, seven assists, three steals and four rebounds.
Pitt (13-3, 3-0 Big East) jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead and didn't look back as the Panthers steadily claimed the 51-24 advantage heading into the half. At the half, Pitt was 7 of 7 from three-point range and was shooting 60.0 percent from the field.
In the second half, the Panthers' shooting cooled off a bit as the Bearcats' Kahla Roudebush carried the team with 21 second half points. Pitt concluded the game hitting 35 of 71 from the field (49.3 percent) and was 7 of 12 from three-point range.
Cincinnati (10-5, 1-2 Big East) cut the game to 14 points in the second half at 67-53 with 8:36 remaining, but Pitt together a 17-8 run to conclude the game and take home an 86-61 win. The 3-0 conference start is the best conference start since 1993-94.
Pitt will be off this week and will resume play Saturday, Jan. 19 against Providence at 2 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.