March 1, 2017Pitt Falls to North Carolina, 72-60, in ACC Tournament
CONWAY, S.C. – Sophomore forward Kauai Bradley led No. 11 seed Pitt women’s basketball (13-17, 4-12 ACC) with 12 points in a 72-60 loss to 14th-seeded North Carolina (15-15, 3-13 ACC) in the first round of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament Wednesday at HTC Center.
Bradley was one of four Panthers to reach double-figure scoring, alongside Kalista Walters (11) and Brenna Wise (11) and Jasmine Whitney (10). With the loss, Pitt was eliminated from the tournament.
The Panthers were 0-of-4 from the field to start the game, conceding a 4-0 lead to the Tar Heels. Bradley hit a triple for Pitt’s first points of the game (4-3) but a 7-1 run put UNC into their largest lead of the half (11-4). North Carolina matched that lead with 2:12 remaining in the first (21-14), but the Panthers were able to cut their margin to two by ending the first period on an 8-3 run and making their final five attempts from the field. Bradley had 10 points in the first quarter alone.
Pitt opened the second stanza with nine unanswered points to take its first lead, 31-24, at 6:58. The Tar Heels did not shy away and cut the lead to two points after a 5-of-5 streak (37-35) lasting until 3:46. In total, the Panthers outscored UNC 19-13 for the quarter and shot 60.0 percent (9-of-15) to take a 41-37 lead into the locker room at halftime.
North Carolina opened the third quarter with a 10-0 run to secure their first lead (47-41) since there were 13 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Pitt was held without points until the 6:04 mark, starting 0-of-7 from the field. Whitney scored six of Pitt’s eight points in the third quarter, as the Panthers entered the final period with a 10-point deficit.
Two free throw to begin the fourth quarter put the Tar Heels into their largest lead of the game (61-49), with 8:21 left to play. Pitt was able to cut its deficit to as few as eight points (66-58) after Aysia Bugg made back-to-back buckets with 2:15 left. From that point, the Panthers were forced into a fouling situation and could not overcome the gap, falling 72-60.
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