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Pitt Women’s Basketball Suffers Blowout Defeat to Florida State, 74-37



It was a good weekend for Florida State at the expense of Pitt as a day after Pitt men’s basketball suffered a tough loss at home to Florida State, the women’s basketball team (7-12, 0-8 ACC) suffered a blowout 74-37 loss at Florida State (18-4, 7-2).

Florida State didn’t pull away until the second quarter and things were kept close in the first. In fact it was Pitt that scored first on a layup by Amber Brown and the two teams would trade leads for much of the quarter.

Florida State though would take a lead at 7-5 on a three-pointer by Ta’niya Latson and hold onto that lead for the remainder of the game. That three-pointer kicked off a 10-3 run to end the quarter for Florida State during which Pitt shot 1-for-7 (14.29%) and turned the ball over three times.

That run would extend into the second quarter as Pitt would not make their first basket of the quarter from the field until there was 4:04 left in the half. By that time, Florida State had extended their lead into double-digits. Pitt made just two baskets from the field in the second quarter, alongside two foul shots, and trailed 29-14 entering halftime.

Overall Pitt made just three baskets in the first half and shot 3-for-14 (21.43%). The shooting woes from the whole team continued into the second half, where Florida State officially pulled away.

Florida State would start the second half on a 11-3 run during which Avery Strickland hit a three-pointer for Pitt. That three-pointer was the first of just two baskets from the floor for Pitt in the quarter, the other a layup by Dayshenette Harris coming almost six minutes later.

Pitt entered the fourth quarter down by 36 points at 59-23. While the fourth quarter would be their best offensively, the margin was too difficult for Pitt to overcome. They’d fall to Florida State 74-37.

It was a tough night shooting for Pitt who made just 12 baskets from the floor in the game on 76 attempts, an abysmal 15.79 shooting percentage.

Six different players failed to connect on a shot from the floor despite at least three attempts including Liatu King (0-for-8), Gabby Hutcherson (0-for-6) and Maliyah Johnson (0-for-6) who each failed to connect from the floor despite, at least, five attempts.

A highlight though in the blowout loss was the defensive performance of Cynthia Ezeja, who had 13 rebounds to go along with a pair of blocks and four steals.

Pitt is still in search of their first conference victory. They will now look to earn that win against North Carolina at home this upcoming Thursday. That game will be at 6:00 p.m. and broadcasted on ACC Network Plus.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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14 days ago

10.7% ACC winning % in last 5 years (8-67). Why don’t we win a game and let the opponent explain why they lost? Pitt WBB does have some talented players.

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