Dec. 1, 2007
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -
The Pitt women's basketball team (5-2) claimed the Fifth Third Classic title today with a 70-66 victory over Marshall.
"It was a great environment here today and we're really proud of the way our girls played in the face of adversity," said Pitt's head coach Agnus Berenato. "Marshall capitalized on a lot of tough shots and we are glad to walk out of here with a victory."
Marcedes Walker (Philadelphia, Pa./University City) led the Panthers with 23 points and 16 rebounds, her fourth double-double in seven games, en route to garnering the tournament's Most Valuable Player honors. Shavonte Zellous (Orlando, Fla./Jones) added 18 points, eclipsing the 1,000 point plateau for her career and earning All-Tournament Team honors in the process. Zellous is the eighth fastest player in Pitt history to score 1,000 points.
"Shavonte hit some big buckets for us today" stated Berenato. "We are all so happy that she got her 1,000th career point. It was definitely well deserved."
Pitt jumped out to a 6-0 lead and was up by as many as 15 points in the first half before the Thundering Herd closed the margin to seven at halftime, 29-22.
Marshall continued to chip away at Pitt's lead and cut the deficit to three points, 69-66, with 0:58 remaining in the game before the Panthers added a free throw to set the final score.
The Panthers will open their home schedule on Wednesday, Dec. 5, against Ohio University at 7 p.m.
"We're happy to be going home," declared Berenato. "We've played all seven of our games on the road and the team is definitely anxious to play at the Petersen Events Center."
Wednesday's game can be heard live on Panthers All-Access on www.pittsburghpanthers.com with Greg Linnelli and Jen Tuscano calling the action. The game will also be broadcast locally in Pittsburgh on 970 AM.