PITTSBURGH — It was a game of runs Saturday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center, but Georgetown used a key 11-0 run to open the fourth quarter and that allowed it to beat Pitt 66-56.
Graduate student Aysia Bugg led Pitt with 17 pts. Freshman Amber Brown recorded her second consecutive double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Two Panthers also notched career highs as freshmen Emy Hayford (13) and Rita Igbokwe (11) set personal-best totals in points and rebounds respectively.
Pitt got it going early from the three-point line as Dayshanette Harris sank both her and her team’s first shot of the game from deep and Bugg was able to bury two triples of her own.
Ultimately, Pitt would own a 20-16 lead after the first quarter after shooting 57.1% from the field. Further, the Panthers held Georgetown to one point from its bench.
Fouling became much more prevalent in the second quarter and Pitt took 14 free throws as a result.
Given that Pitt took advantage of the whistles, it appeared as though this would allow for a double-digit halftime advantage, but Georgetown had other ideas as it enjoyed a 15-2 run. During this run, Pitt coach Lance White called a timeout in an effort to calm his team down and maintain what was a three-point advantage at the time. Instead, Georgetown continued its run to the locker room, leading 38-36 at halftime.
The game took another turn in the third quarter as Harris and Hayford keyed mini runs for Pitt. Hayford’s transition layup allowed for Pitt to reclaim the lead which held after 30 minutes of play.
Georgetown ultimately used the aforementioned run to create separation which resulted in its first win of the season. The Hoyas outscored Pitt 20-9 in the game’s final 10 minutes.
Pitt will continue its four-game homestand Tuesday morning when it hosts Farleigh Dickinson at 11 a.m.