Dec. 19, 2006
CANCUN, Mexico - The No. 22-ranked Pitt women's basketball team remains undefeated at 11-0 on the year defeating East Carolina, 70-53, Tuesday afternoon at the Caribbean Classic.
"Xenia (Stewart), Marcedes (Walker) and Shavonte (Zellous) were tough today," head coach Agnus Berenato said. "It is hard to shut down all three of them. It was different playing in this type of environment, but the team really responded well."
Zellous (Orlando, Fla./Jones) led the team with 22 points and four assists on the day. She was followed by Stewart (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist), who tied her career high with 21 points, and Walker (Philadelphia, Pa./University City), who picked up her third double-double of the year with 15 points and 15 rebounds.
Freshman Selena Nwude (Riverdale, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) played 13 minutes for the Panthers, adding a season-best six rebounds and scored two points. Senior Danielle Taylor earned her second start of the season, but played just eight minutes in the win.
East Carolina continued to attack and kept the game to a single-digit Pitt lead as late as 5:52 remaining in the game at 60-51. The Panthers then went on a 10-0 run to grab a 70-51 lead with 3:27 on the clock. Pitt allowed just six ECU buckets in the second half, holding the Pirates to 20.7 percent from the field. Pitt out-scored ECU 15-4 on second-chance points and held a lead the entire game.
The Panthers will now face Liberty in the second game of the Caribbean Classic Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. EST. at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico. Fans can listen to all games on the Pitt road trip live on www.PittsburghPanthers.com All-Access. The game vs. Liberty will be aired on a tape delay at 7 p.m. EST on Fox Sports Radio 970 AM with Greg Linnelli and Mike Clark calling the action.
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