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Syracuse Women Rout Pitt, 85-55



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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.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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1 year ago

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.

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