Pitt Women Bury Bearcats

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.


3 Responses to “Pitt Women Bury Bearcats”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Interesting that they are “assured” a spot at the Pete. Is that just the NCAA’s effort to spark interest in women’s basketball? I only ask this because I know that for the men, you are not permitted to play at a venue in the tourney in which you’ve played something like 3 or more home games. That said, it is smart for the NCAA, cause this way they will sell more tickets, whereas with the men, they’d sell all the tickets either way.

  2. Jason Cramer Says:

    Last night was so weird the game had a really low turnout, like 35 people low, due to the weather. I really like the way the women’s team plays and I’m starting to appreciate women’s basketball a little bit. I’m seriously considering going to the NCAA tournament games at the Pete.

  3. Keith McBride Says:

    There aren’t many places that would draw a crowd for a tournament game, so they (like the men) try to get teams closest to their home, but (unlike the men) a host WILL play at home if possible.

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