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Jan. 19, 2008

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PITTSBURGH - The Pitt women's basketball team improved their win streak to eight games as the Panthers improved to 14-3 overall and 4-0 in the Big East. Pitt is now one of just three teams in the league to have an undefeated record in conference play.

"This was a great win for us," Head coach Agnus Berenato said. "Anytime you can start 4-0 in the best conference in the country you have to be satisfied. Providence has really come on in the Big East this season and won some big road games, so we were glad to win."

Junior guard Shavonte Zellous (Orlando, Fla./Jones) scored 30 points on the day, giving her three 30-point games out of the last four. She has also scored more than 20 points in her last seven games.

"Shavonte was phenomenal," Berenato said. "Since January 1, she's really become a different kind of player, one who wants to take over a game. She's so athletic and versatile that she can attack any way that the defense allows her. It makes us a much more effective team, because we play against man and zone."

Marcedes Walker (Philadelphia, Pa./University City) scored 18 points, including going 10 of 12 from the free throw line. Prior to the game, she was honored for earning her 1,000th rebound on Jan. 12. She continued her dominance on the boards with nine on the day.

"Marcedes was great all around," Berenato stated. "She scored and rebounded like she's capable of, but what really stood out to me were her free throws. It's amazing how many more points a game she can score when she's knocking those down."

Chelsea Cole (Lumberton, N.J./Rancocas Valley) also had a solid game for the Panthers with seven points and seven rebounds in just 18 minutes.

In the first half, Pitt went on a 21-2 run to pull the Panthers out to a 30-18 lead at the half. Pitt shot an impressive 52.8 percent from the field (28-of-53) while holding the Friars to 37.3 percent on the day.

Pitt will now travel to St. John's on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. tip off. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Radio 970 AM with Greg Linnelli and Mike Clark calling the action. Every game can also be heard live as a part of Panthers All-Access at

Pitt's next home game will be Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. against Louisville for the Panthers' sixth annual Pack the Petersen. Tickets for the event are just $1. For ticket information, please contact the Panthers Ticket Office at 1-800-643-PITT or 412-648-PITT.

22nd-Ranked Panthers Increase Win Streak to Eight With 81-61 Win Over Providence

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