Feb. 25, 2012
PITTSBURGH – Pitt women’s basketball was downed by Seton Hall, 63-39, on Saturday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center. The contest marked the fifth annual Pink the Petersen to raise awareness of breast cancer.
The Panthers (8-20, 0-15 Big East) were led in scoring by redshirt sophomore Ashlee Anderson with 11 points. Sophomore Kyra Dunn had 10 rebounds and eight points for the Panthers, who dropped their 14-straight.
Jasmine Crew, the second-leading scorer in the Big East, had 19 points to pace the Pirates (8-21, 1-14). Terry Green added 11 points off the bench, while Tajay Ashmeade posted 15 rebounds – the most by an opposing player this season.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Pitt over Seton Hall. The loss also marked the first Seton Hall victory in Pittsburgh since 1998.
The contest featured five ties in the first seven minutes of play. Dunn tallied four of the Panthers’ first eight points to tie the game at 8-8 at the 14:03 mark. Redshirt sophomore Leeza Burdgess knotted the game two possessions later for Pitt on a layup to make it 10-10.
The Pirates took the lead on the next play and never trailed, using a 12-2 lead – with scores from four different players - to move to a 22-12 advantage with 7:54 on the clock. The Panthers cut the deficit to seven on a fast break layup from Anderson to make it 24-17, but would get no closer as the Pirates took a 31-19 lead into the locker room.
Pitt failed to score until the 12:42 mark of the second as Seton Hall tallied nine unanswered points over the span. The Panthers trimmed the lead to 20 at 54-34 following a pair from the free throw line from Anderson with 4:29 remaining.
Two of the Panthers’ five total field goals in the second half came in the final two minutes of the game as Pitt shot 20.8 percent for the period. The Pirates took advantage in second chance opportunities, corralling 17 offensive boards which resulted in 21 points.
Pitt closes out the Big East regular season on Monday, Feb. 27 at rival West Virginia (20-8, 10-5 Big East). Game time is set for 7 p.m. The contest will be aired on CBS College.
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