Jan. 21, 2012
PITTSBURGH – Pitt women’s basketball saw its furious second half rally fall short, dropping a 54-43 decision to West Virginia on Saturday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center.
Redshirt sophomore Ashlee Anderson paced the Panthers in scoring for the sixth time this season with 16 points. She added a team-best eight rebounds. The loss dropped the Panthers to 0-7 in Big East action and 8-12 overall.
WVU (14-5, 4-2) had two players in double figures as Christel Caldwell tallied 17 points and Asya Bussie added 12.
Anderson knotted the score at 4-4 on a runner at the 17:01 mark. The Mountaineers reeled off the next 10-staight points with scores from three different players to pull to a 14-4 advantage with 12:57 on the clock.
The Panthers cut the lead to seven on an offensive follow and subsequent free throw from Dunn. Caldwell drained a baseline 3-pointer to push WVU to its largest lead of the half at 20-9. The Panthers responded with three of the next four buckets, capped by layup from Dunn at the 7:01 mark to make it a seven-point game at 22-15. Pitt would get no closer as the Mountaineers closed the period on a 10-1 run and move to a 32-16 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, WVU pulled to a 41-22 lead at the 14:00 minute mark on a fast break layup. Pitt cut the deficit to 15 with just over 10 to play – but the Mountaineers made four of their next five shots to take their largest lead of the game at 49-28 with 6:08 to play.
The Panthers chipped at the score as two baskets from Anderson and free throws by freshman Brianna Kiesel with 3:24 remaining would close the gap to 51-36. A 3-pointer from redshirt sophomore Abby Dowd – the Panthers’ only of the game – cut the deficit to an even dozen.
Pitt dropped four free throws in the final minute, but the rally feel short as time expired. WVU was able to capitalize off of 17 Pitt turnovers, turning them into 26 points.
Pitt moves to 18-25 all-time against its Backyard Brawl rival. The Mountaineers have won two-straight in the series. The squads meet again in the regular season finale on
Ashlee Anderson scored 16 points, her 14th career game in double figures and ninth of the season.
Anderson posted eight rebounds, a team-best. Anderson has paced the team in rebounding now in four of the past five games.
Pitt’s 0-7 start in Big East action is the slowest in program history. The Panthers joined the Big East in 1982.
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