Feb. 4, 2012
MILWAUKEE – Pitt women’s basketball dropped a 72-48 decision to Marquette on Saturday night at the Al McGuire Center. Redshirt sophomore Ashlee Anderson had 13 points, the only Panther in double figures. Freshman Chyna Golden was impressive off the bench, scoring seven points (3-of-3) and adding seven rebounds. The Panthers fell to 8-15, 0-10 in Big East action.
Marquette (13-10, 4-6 Big East) was paced by Arlesia Morse with 24 points which included a 5-of-6 effort behind the arc. Katherine Plouffee added 19 points and 15 rebounds.
After Pitt scored the game’s first basket, MU hit seven of its next eight shots to pull to a 17-7 advantage with 14:37 on the clock. Kyra Dunn had four of the Panthers’ first seven points.
Pitt tallied six-straight points – four of those coming from Anderson – to close to four points (17-13) with 10:50 showing. After MU built the lead back to seven, Golden scored on an offensive put-back to cut the deficit to 21-16 at the 8:00 mark. The Golden Eagles used a 16-9 run to end the first half to pull to 11 (36-25) at the break.
Marquette reeled off 12-straight points to open the second half, taking a 48-27 advantage with 16:06 on the clock.
The Panthers did not score in the second half until nearly five minutes in on a field goal by Dunn. That began a 13-0 scoring run for Pitt capped by two free throws from Dunn with 9:58 remaining to make it a 48-38. Marquette was held without a field goal for seven minutes and ended the drought with a 3-pointer to end the Pitt rally.
After building the lead back to 15, The Panthers scored three unanswered to close the gap to 55-43 with 4:58 to go – but would get no closer. MU closed the game on a 17-5 run en route to the final score.
Pitt posted a season-high 15 steals in the contest. The Panthers shot 25.5 percent (14-of-55) from the field, to the Golden Eagles’ 51.9 percent effort (27-of-52). The loss was the ninth straight for Pitt.