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Dec. 5, 2012

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PITTSBURGH - Redshirt junior Ashlee Anderson paced all scorers with 17 points to lead the Pitt women's basketball team to a 57-47 win over Loyola at the Petersen Events Center on Wednesday evening. Anderson also matched a career-high with nine rebounds as the Panthers improved to 6-2 on the season.

Junior Asia Logan chipped in 10 points, while sophomore Cora McManus pulled down a season-best 10 rebounds. Pitt dominated the glass to the tune of a 43-29 advantage.

Katie Sheahin had 16 points for the Leopards (4-5).

Holding a three-point (27-24) lead at the half, the teams traded baskets to start the second stanza. Still holding a one possession advantage, the Panthers reeled off a 14-3 run that pushed their lead to 14 at 47-33. 

Pitt connected on six of nine fields over the five-minute span, while forcing five Greyhound turnovers on the other end of the court. Redshirt freshman Loliya Briggs opened the run with a three-foot jumper and Anderson closed it with a floater in traffic just before the halfway point of the period.

After Loyola trimmed the deficit to nine, Pitt used an 8-2 run ignited by McManus to extend its lead to the largest of the game at 55-40 with 2:36 to play. The Leopards got a late 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to make it a 10-point game at the final horn.

Ten lead changes and five ties highlighted a tight first half that saw neither team led by more than three points. Anderson rattled in a jumper from the right side to push Pitt to a 9-6 lead at the 13:48 mark. Anderson scored seven of the Panthers' first nine points.

The Greyhounds took their first lead at 12-11 eight possessions later on free throws by Diana Logan at the 11:25 mark. Loyola scored eight of its first 12 points in the paint - but would tally none the remainder of the stanza.

The race to the finish was on as the Panthers took the lead for good with 3:35 to go in the period on an offensive put-back by Anderson that pushed Pitt back on top 25-24. The Panthers added a fast-break layup from sophomore Brianna Kiesel for a 27-24 lead at intermission.

Pitt shot at a 43.6 percent clip, including a 50 percent effort in the second half. Loyola finished the game with a 30.9 percent showing from the field.

The Panthers travel cross-town on Saturday, Dec. 8 to face Duquesne in the annual City Game. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. at the A.J. Palumbo Center. 

Notes: Ashlee Anderson posted a season-high 17 points and a tied a career-high in rebounds (9) ... Cora McManus recorded her second double digit rebounding game of her career with 10 boards ... Lo Briggs had a season-best three steals ... Six players had six or more points, while eight of the 12 players who saw action scored at least two points ... The Panthers shot over 40 percent from the field in their third-straight game and in the fifth contest this season.

Junior Ashlee Anderson Sparks Pitt Women's Basketball to 57-47 Win Over Loyola

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