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Pitt’s Early Struggles Lead to a 66-51 loss to Wake Forest on the Road

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Pitt struggled early on and fell on the road to Wake Forest, 66-51, Thursday night.

The Panthers (7-6 overall, 0-2 ACC) have lost six of their last eight games after starting the season 5-0. The loss against the Demon Deacons (10-4 overall, 1-2 ACC) is the 12th straight loss in conference play dating back to the end of last January.

Pitt fell behind early in the first quarter, with Wake Forest using a 15-2 run to build a 19-6 lead at the end. Pitt shot 3-for-16, 18.8% in the first quarter, while Wake Forest took advantage of poor fouls and made all of their eight free throw attempts.

The Panthers outscored the Demon Deacons in the second quarter, but only 16-15, keeping them behind 34-22 at the end of the first half.

Wake Forest extended their lead in the third quarter, outscoring Pitt 17-10 to have a 51-32 advantage.

The Panthers started the fourth quarter on a 10-2 run, forcing the Demon Deacons to take a timeout with 7:35 remaining. The Demon Deacons would eventually end the run soon after and held on for the 15-point victory.

Pitt shot terribly from 3-point range against Wake Forest, making one of their 10 attempts, which is amazing only the second worst 3-point shooting in a game in 2022-23. They shot 1-for-15 from 3-point range in their overtime loss to Ball State on Dec. 11.

The Panthers also failed to get many players scoring touches in the game, with only seven of their 11 players scoring and only two players scoring in double-digits. They also turned the ball over 20 times, tied for a season high with the loss against DePaul, and only made nine assists, second lowest in a game this season.

The only decent part of Pitt’s offense against Wake Forest, was their 10-for-12 shooting from the foul line, their third best percentage in a game this season.

Wake Forest out rebounded Pitt, 36-35, making themselves just the third opponent to do that this season. Those 35 rebounds for Pitt are the third lowest total rebounds in a game this season.

The Demon Deacons shot an incredible, 18-for-19 from the the foul line, the best by a Panthers opponent this season.

Wake Forest junior guard Jewel Spear showed why she is not only important to her team, but also why she is one of the best players in the ACC with her performance against Pitt. She scored a team-high 22 points, made four 3-pointers, converted all six free throw attempts, grabbed five rebounds and created three assists.

Senior forward Amber Brown led Pitt with 12 points, six of which she scored from the foul line. Junior forward Gabby Hutcherson came off the bench and scored 11 points, the second-highest points total for her this season.

Pitt returns home to face Miami on Sunday, Jan. 1 as they look to earn their first ACC win.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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