Nov. 22, 2005
PITTSBURGH-Freshman Xenia Stewart scored a game-high 21 points and paced five Panthers in double figures, as the University of Pittsburgh women's basketball team defeated Akron, 91-46, in tonight's home-opener. Pitt improved to 3-0, while the Zips fell to 0-2 on the season.
Stewart, making her third start, shot 7 of 10 from the field and 6 of 8 from the charity stripe, while grabbing five rebounds in the game.
As a team the Panthers shot 69 percent from behind the arc. In the first half, Pitt was a perfect 6 of 6 from downtown and both junior Mallorie Winn and freshman Maddy Brown were 3 of 4 on the three-ball.
Winn finished the night with 12 points and six assists, while Brown chipped in 11 points. Also scoring in double figures was sophomore Marcedes Walker (15) and freshman Shavonte Zellous (10).
Allison Schoff came off the bench to lead Akron with nine points, while Courtney Stewart led the way on the boards (5).
Winn opened the scoring from the floor with back-to-back threes and Pitt took an early 7-4 lead.
Pitt went on a 14-4 run over a six-minute span that was highlighted by a Stewart three-pointer and a Zellous jumper.
At the 5:20 mark Brown nailed a shot from behind the arc after a steal by Stewart. Pitt reached the 50-point mark with a jumper by Stewart and went into the locker room with a 50-25 advantage.
Turnovers plagued the Zips. At the half Akron had 15 and finished with 26.
Pitt came out on a 13-6 run in the second stanza. Brown knocked down her third three-pointer of the night at the 13:20 mark, boosting the score to 65-31 in Pitt's favor.
Walker played hard on the defensive end as well. Adding to her six defensive rebounds, she also recorded a career-high five steals in the game. She was rewarded for her fifth steal with a lay-up off a dump pass from Danielle Taylor
on the other end.
Taylor gave Pitt its largest lead of the night with a lay-up at the 5:15 mark, making the score 86-37.
Pitt will be back in action during its three-day Thanksgiving Classic. The Panthers host Towson, Saturday, Nov. 26, at 1 p.m.