Basketball Season’s Not Over Yet

Most people don’t realize we do have another Pitt Panthers team playing basketball, and they just moved into the Sweet 16. The women, lead by coach Agnus Berenato and dynamic guard Shavonte Zellous, defeated Baylor last night 67-59 to move into the first Sweet 16 in program history. The Bears, who were 25-6 on the season, were unable to compete with Pitt’s inside game, even after Marcedes Walker fouled out with about five minutes left in the game.

It’s kind of sad that this team, who’s already won 24 games this season, gets such little recognition from the rest of the University body. These Panthers also overcame a rough stretch in February to make it to the semifinals of the Big East tournament before losing to #1 overall seed UConn (unless you’ve been living under a rock, the Huskies perennially have one of the top women’s basketball teams). However, after defeating the Wyoming Cowgirls 63-58, the Panthers found themselves facing the 12th ranked Baylor in the second round, and managed to pull out a very convincing victory.

The Panthers were ranked 27th in the final poll of the regular season, and should see that number rise no matter what happens the rest of the tournament. Senior Marcedes Walker has had a phenomonal season, averaging 14 points and nearly 10 rebounds as the centerpiece in the Pitt offense. Zellous has also had a great season, scoring at an 18 ppg clip- a number that increases to nearly 20 during conference play. The Panthers have had an unprecedented season, and there’s still time for more magic in the NCAAs. They now advance to face the #4 ranked Stanford Cardinal in the regional semifinal on Saturday at noon. This is another incredibly tough task for the Panthers, but with nothing to lose, this is a very dangerous team.

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3 Responses to “Basketball Season’s Not Over Yet”

  1. Keith McBride Says:

    To be fair, there were two very good articles on the women in the Pitt News today.Well, one very good article and one unconvincing editorial. I find it hard to believe that the editor really is as much of a women’s basketball fan as it was meant to seem.Unless Max is an editor at the Pitt News, I don’t buy it.

  2. max greenwald Says:

    haha im not keith, but thanks for the shout out

  3. Brian Ising Says:

    There were a couple really good articles in the Post-Gazette and the Trib today about the women’s team.It’s ridiculous what Agnus has been able to do with that program in such a short period of time. This is the 3rd year in a row that the Lady Panthers have had the best season in school history.I think that when you combine the women’s success with the success of the men’s team (Big East Tournament championship and 7th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance), this would have to be considered the finest basketball season in the history of the University of Pittsburgh.We really are fortunate to have two outstanding coaches and outstanding people leading our basketball programs. It is a good time to be a Pitt basketball fan.


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