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Pitt Women Fall to South Dakota, 72-61 in OT

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Guard Chloe Lamb’s 10 points and two triples in overtime led South Dakota to a 72-61 upset win over Pitt at the U.S. Virgin Island Paradise Jam. Lamb finished the game with a career-high 30 points, which included four triples.

South Dakota shot a lot better in the second half, as the Coyotes finished with a 34.2 percent shooting percentage from the field and were 8-of-30 from behind the arc (26.6%). Guard Dayshanette Harris led Pitt in scoring with 18 points. Forward Mary Dunn was second with 10 points. Pitt shot 33.3 percent from the field and made five of 20 three-pointers (25.0%).

In Friday night’s win over Northwestern, the Panthers out-rebounded the Wildcats, 49-27, but Saturday, they got out-rebounded 49-42 by South Dakota. The Coyotes had 21 offensive rebounds compared to Pitt’s 15. Pitt came into tonight’s contest averaging 51 rebounds per game, which led the nation.

Pitt led South Dakota, 18-9, at the end of the first quarter. Pitt started the game on a 5-0 run and ended the first quarter with a 10-0 run. Pitt continued to control the game in the second quarter, but South Dakota kept it close, as the Coyotes trailed Pitt, 28-22, at halftime.

The Panthers shot a lot better than South Dakota in the first half, as they converted 41.6 percent of their shots from the field and were 2-of-7 from behind the arc (28.5%). While South Dakota shot 22.8 percent from the field and made one out of 12 three-pointers (8.3%). South Dakota, however, capitalized on second chances and outrebounded Pitt offensively, 12-6.

Harris led Pitt in scoring in the first half with nine points. Harris shot 3-of-6 from the field. Natalie Mazurek and Hannah Sjerven led South Dakota in scoring with seven points each.

South Dakota got its first lead of the game after Lamb nailed a three-pointer to put the Coyotes up 32-30 with 6:32 remaining in the third quarter. South Dakota went on a 10-2 run to begin the quarter. Pitt and South Dakota went into the fourth quarter tied up at 44-44. South Dakota made four triples in the third quarter after going 1-of-12 from behind the arc in the first half.

Lamb converted another three-pointer to put the Coyotes up 47-44 with 8:42 left in the game. Guard Emy Hayford answered a few minutes later with a three-pointer to cut South Dakota’s lead to 48-47. With the score tied up at 51-51, Harris nailed a three-pointer to give the Panthers a 54-51 lead with 1:19 left in the game. It was Harris’ first triple of the season. With 36.0 left, Lamb made both of her shots from the free-throw line to make it a 1-point game.

Lamb created a turnover on the inbound pass by Sandrine Clesca, and then, made a jumper to put South Dakota up 55-54 with 21.3 remaining. On Pitt’s next possession, Maddie Krull stole the ball from Harris and got fouled. Krull made one of her two shots at the free-throw line. With one last chance, Harris went down the court and missed a jumper, but Liatu King got the rebound and put it back up for a basket to tie the game at 56-56 with 3.7 seconds left. It was King’s first point of the game. King led Pitt with 23 points in last night’s win over Northwestern.

In overtime, Lamb made a three-pointer to give South Dakota a 61-58 lead. A few minutes later, Lamb made her fourth triple of the game to give the Coyotes their largest lead of the game at 66-58. South Dakota controlled the rest of the overtime period and was able to pull off an 11-point win.

After going 1-2 in the Paradise Jam, the Panthers will return to Pittsburgh on Wednesday night to face Rutgers at the Peterson Events Center. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. and the game will be on the ACC Network.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
Duquesne WBB

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