Jan. 16, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The Pitt women’s basketball team could not overcome a poor shooting night, falling at St. John’s by a 61-32 score on Wednesday night at Carnesecca Arena.
Redshirt freshman Loliya Briggs was the lone Pitt player in double figures with 10 points. The Panthers shot 20.3 percent in the contest. Pitt falls to 9-7 on the season, 0-3 in Big East action.
St. John’s forward Shenneika Smith led all scorers with 14 points. The Red Storm moved to 3-0 in the Big East, their best start since 1983-84.
Tied at 2-2 early, St. John’s used a 7-0 run to take a 9-2 advantage on a long jumper from Smith with 14:38 showing. The Panthers got consecutive scores in the form of jumpers from Brianna Kiesel and Asia Logan to cut the deficit to three.
After a Red Storm lay-in made it a five-point edge, Pitt – again – made it a three-point contest (11-8) on a basket from Ashlee Anderson with 12:05 to go in the first. The Panthers would get no closer, making just one more field goal the remainder of the first half. St. John’s used a 22-3 run to close the half and take a 33-11 at the break.
The Panthers shot 4-of-28 form the field in the first period and connected on 8-of-31 shots in the second stanza.
Pitt entertains Marquette on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. as part of a doubleheader of Panthers basketball (Pitt men take on UConn at noon). The contest marks the annual Girl Scout Day at the Petersen Events Center.
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