The temperature is below freezing. There are several inches of snow on the sidewalks of Oakland. A steady drizzle falls, which gives all of the parked cars a nice coat of ice.
Sure, it wasn’t the best night to come out to see the women play a 4-7 Cincy squad. But those of us who were in attendance got to witness the Panthers reach the 20 win level for the first time since anyone in the Zoo was born.
Shavonte Zellous scored 25 points to help the Panthers cruise most of the second half. She is averaging over 20 points per game, leading Pitt to a 20-5 (8-4) record. They are currently tied for fourth place in conference. Their next game (Saturday) against conference leader UConn will be one of their toughest contests of the season.
Although currently unranked, the women’s team was just out of the AP poll this week. After a brief stint on the list earlier in the season, the ladies suffered some disappointing losses, dropping them back just out of range.
It has been quite a season for them so far, and hopefully the rest of their season (and post-season) will be as pleasing. It is important to remember that when the women make the NCAA tournament, they are assured of playing at the Pete.
As long as there aren’t 6 inches of snow and ice on the ground, I hope to see you there.