Nov. 19, 2005
BURLINGTON, VT-Sophomore Marcedes Walker led four players in double figures, as the University of Pittsburgh won its season-opener 76-49 and advances to the championship round of the TD Banknorth Classic held at the University of Vermont. The Panthers will face Vermont at , Saturday night in Patrick Gymnasium.
The second half of the game started out slow as both teams scored a combined three points in the first four minutes of action.
The crowd excited as Walker sent a pass over her shoulder that found senior Cheron Taylor (Detriot, MI/Martin Luther King) cutting from the high post to the opposite block to give Pitt its first basket of the half and a 41-32 lead with 16:47 left to play.
Freshman Shavonte Zellous (
The tempo of the game was slowed, again, as both teams entered the bonus ten minutes into the second period. William and Mary made 13 of its 20 opportunities from the charity stripe, while Pitt converted on 18 second-half chances.
Dani Kell made four of her five looks from the foul line within a one-minute stretch for the Tribe. Later, Stewart made four free throws of her own and
At the mark,
Pitt ran the floor all night. Following a timeout the Panthers caused a Tribe turnover, where
Kyra Kaylor of William and Mary cut into the Panthers' lead with a layup at the mark, but this would be the last basket for the Tribe as Pitt's defense held on for the win.
The first half included four lead changes and three ties. Following a
The Panthers will play Vermont at , Saturday night in the championship game of the TD Banknorth Classic. The game can be heard at Fox Sports Radio 970 AM on a delay at
Notes: Pitt out rebounded William & Mary, 47-42; Pitt held the Tribe to 17 percent shooting in the second half; The Panthers scored 34 points in the paint.
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