Dec. 2, 2005
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
The Pitt women's basketball team lost for the first time away from the Petersen Events Center and for just the second time in seven games overall this season, dropping a 69-60 decision at Penn State on Friday evening.
The Panthers (5-2) trailed by only three points at halftime by a 28-25 count, but Penn State (2-3) got hot in the second half, hitting on 56.5 percent of its shots to pull away for the nine-point victory.
Junior guard Mallorie Winn (San Diego, Calif./Bishop's/Georgia Tech) had a career-high 22 points to lead all players, hitting 7 of her 12 field goal attempts, including 3-of-7 on three-pointers. Winn also made five of her six free-throw attempts as the only Pitt player to record double figures in scoring.
Sophomore Marcedes Walker (Philadelphia, Pa./University City) and freshman Xenia Stewart (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist) had nine points apiece, while Stewart led the Panthers with seven rebounds.
Amanda Brown led three Nittany Lions in double figures with 17 points, followed by Kamela Gissendanner's 15 and Adrienne Squire's 14 points. Brown also led the Lady Lions with seven boards.
Penn State jumped on the Panthers early, scoring the game's first nine points before a lay-up by Walker put Pitt on the board over five minutes into the first half. That basket triggered an 8-2 run by the Panthers that cut the Lady Lion lead to three points at 11-8. Penn State went on a 9-2 run of its own to extend that lead to double digits but the Panthers kept clawing back with timely steals and perimeter shooting by Winn, closing the gap to one point at 26-25 on a jump shot by the Georgia Tech transfer.
The Nittany Lions opened the second half on a 14-4 run to make it a 13-point game at 42-29, but the Panthers didn't go away, chipping away at the Lady Lion lead until it was six points at 49-43. That was as close as the Panthers would get, however, as the teams traded baskets the rest of the way.
Pitt will be at Robert Morris on Tuesday, Dec. 6, before returning home for its Big East opener on Thursday, Dec. 8, against Syracuse.
NOTES: Pitt shot 80 percent from the free-throw line (16-of-20), while the Lady Lions made 75 percent from the charity stripe (21-of-28)...the Panthers made just one-third of their shots from the field (20-of-60) and Penn State finished at 48.8 percent.