The Pitt women basketball team's shooting went cold in the second half of an eventual 73-47 loss to No. 2 Notre Dame at Petersen Events Center on Wednesday.
But for a brief time in the first half, the Panthers enjoyed a lead over the team that crushed them last season.
The Fighting Irish needed a 6-0 run to take a 35-29 lead into the break against the Panthers, who led by three points with 7:44 to play in the first half. After the Irish went back ahead by four, Pitt would tie the score again with 3:07 remaining before Notre Dame's period-ending run.
But the Panthers were a different team in the second half. After shooting 48 percent in the first half (12 of 25), they were shooting just 12.5 percent (2 of 16) with 6:31 remaining in the game and trailing, 67-35.
“We left it all on the court,” said sophomore Brianna Kiesel, who led Pitt with 12 points. “The stats don't show it, but we really played hard. I'm not going to hang my head.”
Notre Dame (17-1, 6-0) has won 12 straight games and is the only Big East team remaining without a conference loss.
Kayla McBride led the Fighting Irish with 19 points. Mt. Lebanon's Madison Cable had eight points.
“Notre Dame's a good team,” Kiesel said. “But for the most part, I think we did all right. We did so much better than last year. We're so much more mature, and we executed, for the most part. This is a steppingstone for us.”
It was the first meeting between the teams since Notre Dame beat them last season, 120-44.
Karen Price is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at email@example.com or via Twitter @KarenPrice_Trib.
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