March 27, 2006
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. -
It was a bittersweet ending for the Pitt women's basketball team, dropping a 77-64 decision to Marquette in the WNIT semifinals on Monday evening at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee.
The Panthers (22-11) fell behind early to the Golden Eagles (22-10), but battled to the last second before dropping the 13-point game to their Big East rivals. Marquette advances to the championship game to face either Western Kentucky or Kansas State.
Junior guard Mallorie Winn (San Diego, Calif./Bishop's/Georgia Tech) had a game-high 21 points, and added five assists while playing all 40 minutes. The season ends with a near-berth in the NCAA Championships, a long run in the WNIT and a school-record-tying 22 victories - not bad for a team picked to not even make the Big East Championship (13th of 16 teams).
Sophomore center Marcedes Walker (Philadelphia, Pa./University City) overcame a slow start to score 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting and also pulled down six rebounds, while freshmen Xenia Stewart (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist), Shavonte Zellous (Orlando, Fla./Jones) and Maddy Brown (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) combined to score 25 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
Marquette was led by Krystal Ellis with 18 points, and got 16 points off the bench from Svetlana Kovalenko. Also, forward Danielle Kamm recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
NOTES: Pitt shot an impressive 45.8 percent from the floor (27-of-59), but managed just a 38.9 percent clip from the free-throw line (7-of-18)...the Golden Eagles shot 43.6 percent from the floor but upped that to a 84.6 percent clip at the free-throw line in 26 attempts...Marquette also outrebounded, 39-29, in the contest.