Dec. 22, 2005
SAN DIEGO - The Pitt women's basketball team completed a sweep of its two-game California trip with a 78-56 victory over host San Diego State at the Cox Arena at Aztec Bowl on Thursday afternoon.
The Panthers improved to 9-2 with their fourth straight win, the team's best start since going 11-2 to begin the 1994-95 season. Junior guard Mallorie Winn (San Diego, Calif./Bishop's/Georgia Tech) had a game-high 22 points and sophomore center Marcedes Walker (Philadelphia, Pa./University City) added 20 points and a season-high 15 rebounds and career-best six steals in the win. It was the second straight game in which Winn and Walker both tallied 20 or more points.
For Winn, the victory was extra special as she returned to her hometown of San Diego. Walker's 20-point effort was also extra special, as it included her first career three-pointer towards the end of the contest.
The Panthers led from start to finish, scoring the game's first eight points over the first three and a half minutes. Winn and Walker had baskets and Pitt got two field goals from freshman Xenia Stewart (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist), who scored 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds.
The Aztecs (2-6) went on a 9-4 run to close the gap to three points at 12-9 with 12:23 remaining in the first half. That was the closest San Diego State would get, though, as Pitt scored eight of the next 10 points and built a 16-point halftime advantage at 36-20.
Winn had 16 of her 22 points in the first frame, including two three-pointers, while Walker poured in six points and had eight boards at the break. The second half was more of the same for Pitt as they kept the Aztecs at bay, leading by no less than 13 and finishing with a 22-point win.
The double-double was Walker's second of the season and 11th of her career, as she finished 8-of-18 from the field. She had half of Pitt's season-best 12 steals as well.
Freshman Maddy Brown (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) came off the bench to score seven points, pull down six rebounds (five offensive) and five assists in just 17 minutes of action. San Diego State was led by Michelle Strawberry, who had 16 points and five rebounds, and Desiree Johnson, who scored 10 before fouling out.
Pitt has one more non-conference game remaining on Friday, Dec. 30, at 2 p.m. vs. St. Bonaventure. The game will be played at the Petersen Events Center before the Panthers play their final 15 regular-season games against Big East opponents.
NOTES: Pitt outrebounded the Aztecs by a 45-27 count...the Panthers shot 44.6 percent from the field and made 5-of-9 shots on three-pointers...the win improves Pitt's record to 3-5 in games played in the state of California.
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