Dec. 20, 2005
MALIBU, Calif. -
Junior Mallorie Winn and sophomore Marcedes Walker led the Pitt women's hoops team to a 79-64 win over host Pepperdine on Monday evening at the Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif.
Winn (San Diego, Calif./Bishop's/Georgia Tech) scored a career-high 26 points on 12-of-20 shooting, while Walker (Philadelphia, Pa./University City) added 22 points while connecting on 10 of her 16 field-goal attempts to lead Pitt (8-2) to the win over the Waves (3-7).
It was a triumphant return for Winn to her home state of California as she scored 14 points in the first half and added 12 more in the second slate for the career-high total. She also had six rebounds and four assists in front of her family and friends.
"I thought that Mallorie had an added amount of pressure on her, playing in front of her family and friends," head coach Agnus Berenato said. "She played well on both sides of the ball and I'm proud of what she accomplished and what our team was able to do on the road."
Winn and Walker led four Pitt players in double figures, including freshmen Maddy Brown (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) and Xenia Stewart (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist). A very close game throughout the first half turned into a comfortable lead and a win for the Panthers to improve to 4-1 away from the Petersen Events Center on the season.
The Waves built a five-point advantage at 32-27 with just over four minutes remaining in the first half, but a 9-0 run by Pitt, including six points by Winn, allowed the Panthers to regain the advantage heading into halftime at 38-34.
Although Pepperdine was able to get as close as two at 42-40 early in the second frame, the Panthers were able to pull away thanks to Brown's 11 points in the second half. She had two key three-pointers after Pepperdine baskets to keep Pitt ahead for good. Brown finished with 12 points on the evening, while Stewart had 10 points and a team-best seven rebounds.
The Waves were led by Jessica Ross' 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while Daphanie Kennedy scored 15 points and pulled down six rebounds. Pepperdine started the game by hitting 10 of its first 12 shots from the field, but made just 13 of its final 47 to finish at a 39 percent clip. Pitt shot 51.6 percent in the first half and finished by making 48.4 percent of its shots.
The Panthers will travel south along the Pacific Coast to San Diego for a Thursday, Dec. 22 contest at San Diego State. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. (5 p.m. EST) and can be heard live on the internet at www.pittsburghpanthers.com as well as on Fox Sports Radio 970 AM.
NOTES: Pitt improved to 2-2 against teams from the West Coast Conference and won its second game in seven tries in the state of California...the Panthers continued their solid protection of the ball with just 11 turnovers against the Waves...Winn and Walker were the first Pitt teammates to score 20 points in the same game since January 2005, when Walker teamed with former Panther Allisha Morris to score 20 and 22 points, respectively, versus Georgetown.