Dec. 30, 2007
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -
The Pitt women's basketball team defeated Wagner 85-41 in the Wagner Holiday Classic behind 23 points from freshman guard Taneisha Harrison.
"I think Taneisha Harrison played great," Pitt head coach Agnus Berenato said. "I told her before the game that she needed to get a double-double today, but she was all over the place and on the floor hustling as much as she was running the court. She is pushing our starters right now and a good team gets better when the bench players push the starters for their jobs."
Harrison (Bowie, Md./St. John's College) concluded the game with a career-high and game-best 23 points in just 21 minutes. Her pervious high was 12 points at Penn State. Shavonte Zellous (Orlando, Fla./Jones) picked up her fifth 20-point game of the season with 20 points on the day.
Pitt (10-3) out-rebounded the Seahawks (2-8) 48 to 27 and held them to just 30.8 percent shooting from the field. The Panthers were 35 of 68 from the field with a 51.5 percent accuracy. Pitt tied its season-high with 21 assists on the day and forced 25 Wagner turnovers.
Pitt started out the game on a 6-0 run and extended the lead to 23-11 off of nine consecutive points from Harrison. The Panthers ended the first half on a 27-3 run to take the 48-14 advantage into the lockerroom. Wagner's 14 first half points is the lowest for a Pitt opponent since Cincinnati scored 14 against Pitt on Feb. 13, 2007.
Wagner was out-scored by just 10 in the second half as Pitt concluded the game with a 44-point margin.
"We are looking forward to starting Big East play," Berenato said. "We have to get ready for this stretch starting with DePaul. We are at a point in the season where we can't lose focus. We are starting to gel as a team and with conference play, you have to raise your game to a whole new level."
Pitt will begin Big East play Sunday, Jan. 6 at DePaul at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the web as a part of Panthers All-Access at www.pittsburghpanthers.com as well as FOX Sports Radio 970 AM with Greg Linnelli and Mike Clark calling the action.