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Poor Shooting Dooms Pitt Women's Basketball in Loss at Syracuse




Feb. 16, 2013

Box Score

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Pitt women’s basketball team could not overcame stagnant shooting (26.2 percent) in dropping an 80-39 decision to No. 23/21 Syracuse on Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome.

Junior Marquel Davis had 12 points for the Panthers (9-15, 0-11 Big East), who dropped their 11th straight.  Pitt had a 47-39 rebounding advantage, pulling down 24 offensive boards which resulted in 23 points.

Syracuse senior Kayla Alexander led all scorers with 19 points, one of four Orange players in double figures. Alexander was 7-of-13 from the field and added eight rebounds and seven blocks to her stat line.

“SU had a great night and they were on top of their game. We missed shots early on and they got transition points out of those,” said head coach Agnus Berenato after the game. “We were going to the boards, but we weren’t knocking down shots.”

For the second-straight game, the Panthers failed to hold a single lead in a contest.  

After the Orange (21-3, 9-2) registered the game’s first seven points, Pitt did not tally a field goal until the 17:00 mark on layup from redshirt freshman Loliya Briggs. The teams exchanged scores before SU tallied seven of the game’s next nine points to take its first double-digit lead.

Pitt made just one of 12 shots over that seven-minute span until a basket by sophomore Cora McManus cut the deficit to 16-8 with 9:44 left in the half– that would be as close as the Panthers would come.

SU guard La’Shay Taft dropped her second-straight three-pointer and tallied nine of her team’s next 10 points to build the lead to 15 and the Orange moved ahead by as many as 24 in the first period.

The Panthers committed three turnovers and missed their first three shots of the second half as SU took advantage, hitting four of its first five attempts of the period and 60 percent in the stanza.

Pitt shot 16-of-61 from the field for the game, connecting on just 1-of-14 three-point attempts (7.1 percent). Pitt had 23 turnovers which resulted in 27 points for SU, 18 of those points in the first half.  

Pitt returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 20, entertaining Cincinnati at the Petersen Events Center. Game time is at 7 p.m.