Pitt Women's Basketball
Syracuse Women Rout Pitt, 85-55
PITTSBURGH — Pitt women’s basketball team was unable to send its seniors out with one last win at the Peterson Events Center as Syracuse routed the Panthers, 85-55, on Thursday night. The 2022-2023 campaign for the Panthers continues to be disappointing as Pitt dropped to 10-18 overall and 3-14 in the ACC. Syracuse improved to 18-11 and 9-9 in conference play.
Pitt led Syracuse, 18-17, after a back-and-forth first quarter. Pitt shot 58.3% from the field and Ace Strickland nailed two triples, leading the Panthers with six points. Syracuse shot 57% from the field but was 1 of 5 from behind the arc. The Orange stormed out in the second quarter and went on a 7-1 run to take a 24-19 lead. Dyaisha Fair added to Syracuse’s scoring surge with a triple from the top of the arc to give the Orange a 27-19 advantage at the 6:22 mark of the second quarter.
Syracuse continued to dominate and extended its lead to 34-23 with 4:30 remaining in the second quarter. Another triple by Fair and jumpers by Teisha Hyman and Alaina Rice got the Orange to a double-digit lead. After a promising first quarter, the Panthers collapsed in the second and trailed 42-28 at halftime. The Orange out-scored the Panthers, 25-10, in the second quarter.
The Panthers shot 11 of 25 from the field (44.0%) in the first half and were 4 of 9 (44.4%) from behind the arc. Maliyah Johnson led Pitt with eight points. Syracuse converted 18 of 36 shots (50.0%) from the field and was 6 of 14 (42.9%) on three-point attempts. Fair led the Orange with 12 points. All four of her baskets came on three-pointers.
Midway through the third quarter, Strickland made her third triple of the game to cut Syracuse’s lead to 13 points at 48-35. Syracuse responded with an 8-3 run, however. Whenever Pitt chipped away at its deficit, Syracuse just always had an answer. The Orange went into the fourth quarter with a commanding 61-43 lead.
Fair extended Syracuse’s lead to 22 points after converting her sixth three-pointer of the game. Fair then made her seventh triple to give the Orange a 69-47 lead with 7:04 remaining. Syracuse continued to control the pace of the game and finished off Pitt with a 30-point win.
With the loss to Syracuse, Pitt dropped to 10-18 on the season and 3-14 in the ACC. Pitt wraps up the regular season against North Carolina State in Raleigh on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Panthers will then move on to the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C. on Wednesday, March 1.
Syracuse is not UConn WBB or Stanford or South Carolina. You just don’t lose to Syracuse 24 times in a row unless you’re doing it on purpose or just don’t care about the program. Pathetic. As far as 2-platoon basketball, never saw it work. I believe it means, A. You don’t know who your best players are; or, B. You fear someone will be upset with you. Coach White (and your 3 good assistants), just play to win or your better players will transfer.