ShareThis Page
College

Pitt women storm past St. John's

| Monday, March 2, 2009

The Pitt women's basketball team wrapped up the 2008-09 regular season with a 79-60 win over St. John's tonight at Petersen Events Center.

The 22-6 overall finish ties a team record for most wins in a season — set in 2006-07 — and the 12-4 finish is the Panthers' best-ever in the Big East. They secured the No. 3 seed going into the conference tournament in Hartford, Conn., with first-and second-round byes and a game Sunday night.

It was also the last game at the Pete for seniors Shavonte Zellous and Xenia Stewart.

Zellous ends her regular-season career as one of the most prolific scorers ever to wear a Panthers uniform. She is the only player in Pitt men's or women's history and just the fourth player in Big East women's history to score 600-plus points in three separate seasons.

Her team-leading 18 points last night put her at 632 on the season, 50 shy of breaking Jennifer Bruce's 24-year-old record of 681 points in one season.

Stewart was also a major part of Pitt's development into a Big East contender, tying Debbie Lewis for second in career games played with her 126th appearance last night. It was also her 124th career start, a school record.

Stewart finished with 12 points, five rebounds and four assists last night, while freshman Pepper Wilson had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Sophronia Sallard finished with 10 points.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me