Dec. 5, 2007
PITTSBURGH, Pa.-Pittsburgh's Shavonte Zellous and Marcedes Walker tallied 21 and 20 points respectively to lead the Panther women's basketball squad to a 69-55 win at Petersen Events Center Wednesday evening. The Bobcats dropped to 3-4 overall, while the Panthers improved to 6-2.
Ohio was led by senior guard Lauren Kohn's (Adrian, Mich.) 12 points, while sophomore guards Jennifer Poff (St. Johns, Mich.) and Jennifer Bushby (Gahanna, Ohio) had 11 apiece. Kohn's eight rebounds and three assists were also team-highs, while Pitt was led on the glass by 10 caroms apiece from Walker and Shayla Scott. Scott also registered 12 points in the scoring column.
The Bobcats lost the overall rebounding battle 43-41, but did snare 17 off the offensive glass.
Both teams had difficulty controlling the ball as they combined for 40 turnovers (Ohio 17, Pitt 23) and went just 4-23 from 3-point range (Ohio 3-17, Pitt 1-6).
The Panthers controlled much of the action inside as they outscored Ohio 36-22 in the paint and posted 10 blocks (four by Walker) to just two for the Bobcats.
Ohio hung tough for the entire first half, never letting its deficit grow beyond seven points. However, Pitt started strong in the second half, scoring the first six points to go up by 13 (34-21) at the 18:22 mark on a jumper by Zellous.
The Bobcats were able to climb back within eight (38-30) on a fastbreak layup by junior center Chandra Myers (Sugarcreek, Ohio) with 16:42 remaining, but struggled to keep pace the rest of the way. Pitt's Jania Smis made a layup with 7:26 left to give the Panthers' their largest lead of the contest at 19 (58-39), which staved off Ohio's comeback attempt that saw the Bobcats cut the margin to nine (60-51) on a free throw by senior guard Simone Redd (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) with 2:26 to go.
For the game, Pitt shot 48.1 percent (26-54) from the field, while the Bobcats hit 28.8 percent (19-66). The Panthers also held a slight edge at the free throw stripe, connecting on 66.7 percent (16-24), compared to the Bobcats' 63.6 percent (14-22).
Ohio is in action again on Monday when it travels to Lehigh for a 7 p.m. contest.