Feb. 1, 2006
Four Panthers scored in double figures as the Pitt women's basketball team clinched a winning season for the first time since 1999-2000 with a 79-62 victory against Georgetown. Pitt improved to 14-6 overall and 5-4 in the Big East with the home win.
Mallorie Winn (San Diego, Calif./Bishop's/Georgia Tech) scored 16 of her 20 points in the second half as Pitt broke open a four-point halftime lead into a 17-point win. Winn also added six rebounds and a career-best nine assists against just one turnover in 38 minutes of action.
Georgetown (8-12, 1-8 Big East) stayed close throughout the first half and the first several minutes of the second half but couldn't keep up with the Panthers on the offensive glass. Pitt outrebounded the Hoyas, 45-27, with a 23-8 edge in offensive boards. Sophomore center Marcedes Walker (Philadelphia, Pa./University City) came off the bench for the second straight game and recorded a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Walker was 8-of-15 from the field and now has 36 points in her past two games with just 44 minutes played.
Freshman Xenia Stewart (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist) added 14 points and five rebounds, while Shavonte Zellous (Orlando, Fla./Jones) played her best game of the season with a season-high-tying 12 points, seven rebounds, and a season-best seven assists to go along with a game-changing block on a 2-on-1 Georgetown break in the second half.
With 7:15 to go in the game and Pitt leading by 12, Zellous retreated as two Hoyas players passed the ball back and forth. Nikki Bozeman went up for a lay-up and was blocked by Zellous, who turned and got the rebound afterward and passed to Winn for a lay-up plus one on a free throw.
The Hoyas also had three players in double figures, led by Kieraah Marlow's double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds) and three blocks. Bethany LeSueur and Kristin Heidloff added 14 points apiece as Georgetown lost its sixth consecutive game.
The Hoyas scored the game's first four points and led for the first 10 minutes until a lay-up by Zellous tied the game at 11-11 with 9:56 to play. Winn followed with a lay-up 28 seconds later, sparking a 20-7 run by the Panthers. Georgetown closed the gap to four points at halftime, making it 33-29 on a three-pointer at the buzzer by Heidloff.
Georgetown pulled to within two with 17:03 remaining in the game on another three-pointer by Heidloff but another 20-7 run by the Panthers sealed the victory. The win pushed Pitt into a fifth-place tie in the Big East with DePaul and USF.
The Panthers return to action on Saturday, Feb. 4, with a road contest at Cincinnati at 2:30 p.m., before returning home to face Louisville on Wednesday, Feb. 8.
NOTES: The 14 victories surpass last year's final total of 13 wins, which is the team's highest total since 1999-2000 (16-13)...the fifth Big East win also matches last year's final total when the Panthers recorded a 5-11 mark...Pitt shot 45.6 percent (31-of-68), while holding the Hoyas to a 42.3 percent clip (22-of-52).