Dec. 10, 2011
Sophomore Marquel Davis had a game-high 17 points to help lead Pitt to a 65-56 victory over Valparaiso in women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center.
Sophomore Kyra Dunn posted her second career double-double, adding 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Panthers (5-5).
Pitt tallied the first four points to commence the contest before Valpo responded with a run of its own. The Crusaders took their first lead at 7-5 following a jumper by Gina Lange with 12:32 on the clock. Neither team led by more than a point for the next two and a half minutes until a steal by Davis and subsequent layup from Asia Logan pulled Pitt ahead, 14-11 at 8:38 mark.
The Panthers tallied nine of the game’s next 15 points to take a six-point lead (23-17) thanks to a short jumper from Dunn with 4:34 to go before the half.
Valpo (2-7) came back with a 4-0 spurt, which Pitt answered by scoring the last six consecutive points of the first period. Three different players accounted for the final three baskets of the break, capped by a tip-in from redshirt sophomore Ashlee Anderson to put Pitt up, 29-21 at intermission.
The Crusaders opened the second with a 9-2 scoring run to pull to a point at 31-30 with 14:25 remaining. Davis and Dunn each scored in the paint and freshman Cora McManus added a free throw to make it a five-point game (36-31). Valpo stayed in the contest with trips to the free throw line, converting four-straight and then making its next shot to close to a point twice more – lastly with 9:28 remaining as the score moved to 38-37.
The Panthers erupted on an 11-3 tear to take their first double-digit advantage of the afternoon at 50-40 with 6:08 left. Dunn had five points over the surge as Pitt held on for the 65-56 win, snapping a three-game slide.
Pitt, who shot over 40 percent from the field on the afternoon, had 36 points in the paint. Freshman TiAnna Porter, in just her second game since returning from an injury, had seven points in just 13 minutes of action.
The Panthers are off for the exam period this week, before stepping back into action on Dec. 20 and 21. Pitt will face Indiana and Michigan State, respectively, in the Triple Crown Caribbean Classic in Cancun.
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