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Pitt Cannot Overcome Hot Shooting from Irish, Fall at No. 2 Notre Dame




Jan. 17, 2012

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Pitt women’s basketball suffered a 120-44 loss at No. 2/2 Notre Dame on Tuesday evening at Purcell Pavilion.

Redshirt sophomore Ashlee Anderson was the lone Panther in double figures with 14 points. Pitt (8-11, 0-6 Big East) dropped its fifth-straight contest, its longest skid since 2009-10. The Panthers are winless in Big East play through six games for the first time under head coach Agnus Berenato.

The Irish (18-1, 6-0) led from the opening tip, placing eight players in double figures. Devereaux Peters led all scorers with 20 points, scoring 16 of those in the first half. The 120 points were the second-highest total by an opponent in program history.

Trailing 8-2 to start the game, Anderson scored five-straight to get the Panthers to within three at 8-5 at the 17:31 mark. Pitt closed to five points on three occasions over the next two minutes –lastly at the 15:22 mark on a jumper from Asia Logan. The Irish reeled off the next 16-straight points as Pitt went cold from the field, missing six consecutive shots and committing six turnovers, and never recovered.

Notre Dame took a commanding lead at the half (54-19). The Irish shot even more impressively in the second half (69.4 percent) en route to the 120-44 victory. The Irish registered a 64.9 field goal percentage for the game to the Panthers’ 35.4 percent clip. Pitt failed to hit a three-point field goal in the game (0-of-10), seeing a 24-game streak 3-point streak come to a close.

Pitt hosts rival West Virginia (13-5, 3-2) on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. The contest is the program’s annual Girl Scout Day promotion.