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Pitt Falls Aside in Fourth Quarter to No. 15 UNC, Loses 72-57 to Keep Winless in ACC Play



PITTSBURGH — Pitt performed three strong quarters of basketball in opposition to a troublesome opponent in No. 15 North Carolina Thursday night time on the Petersen Occasions Heart. They failed to provide sufficient offensively and dedicated poor turnovers within the fourth quarter, permitting North Carolina to go on an extended scoring run and are available out with a 72-57 win.

The Panthers (7-13 total, 0-9 ACC) lose their ninth straight sport total and make it six out of seven losses since 2017 to the Tar Heels (15-5 total, 6-3 ACC).

This loss for the Panthers can be their nineteenth consecutive ACC loss courting again to Jan. 27, 2022, and their forty seventh consecutive loss to a ranked opponent courting again to 2015. That nineteenth consecutive ACC loss makes it the second longest convention dropping streak in program historical past for the Panthers. They misplaced 34 straight convention video games from March 5, 2011, within the Large East Event to Jan. 5, 2014, once they defeated Virginia of their second ever ACC sport.

Panthers head coach Lance White praised his crew for the struggle via the primary three quarters. He additionally stated that when the sport wanted somebody to step up, the celebs on the Tar Heels rose as much as the problem and that led to their victory.

“I assumed for 3 quarters, we battled and put ourselves in place and actually dominated for a very long time of the sport,” White stated. “The strain and the second and that fourth quarter hits and we stall to a halt. A part of that’s what we’ve been via and once more it’s being so current within the second that we actually battle getting out of that and making the performs we have to.”

Pitt battled back-and-forth with UNC all through the primary quarter and managed to get a 21-19 lead on the finish of the interval. The Panthers shot 8-for-14 from the sphere and junior ahead Liatu King, who scored one level within the blowout loss to Florida State on Sunday, scored eight factors within the first quarter.

Each groups struggled to attain within the second quarter, with the Panthers taking pictures 5-for-16 from the sphere and the Tar Heels taking pictures 3-for-14 from the sphere. The Panthers held a 33-29 lead going into halftime.

Redshirt junior ahead Cynthia Ezeja performed a significant function within the second quarter, as she scored 5 factors off the bench. Senior guard Dayshanette Harris additionally offered some factors off the bench, with 4 factors herself.

Pitt continued to remain within the lead within the third quarter, 44-39 with 3:half-hour remaining. North Carolina junior guard Kennedy Todd-Williams scored 5 factors on a 3-pointer and two free throws to tie the sport up on the finish of the third quarter.

These baskets began a pattern for the Tar Heels, who would go on a 22-1 run via the primary six minutes of the fourth quarter. The Panthers scored some baskets in direction of the tip, however their poor taking pictures doomed them as they misplaced by 15 to the Tar Heels.

North Carolina shot 9-for-12 from the ground and 8-for-9 from the foul line in that fourth quarter to earn themselves the victory. Pitt, contrastingly, shot 5-for-13 from the ground and dedicated 5 turnovers and 7 fouls. North Carolina scored 9 factors off Pitt turnovers within the fourth quarter.

White stated that Pitt had the pictures within the second half to maintain the lead for good, however simply couldn’t knock them down, main North Carolina to make their comeback.

“They went to their zone, and it forces different individuals to make pictures,” White stated on what North Carolina modified within the second half. “You gotta go the basketball a number of occasions and also you get a bit of bit extra stagnant. I assumed in opposition to their man, we attacked their strain and their hedges nice. So, the zone sort of stalled us a bit of bit…”

Harris led the Panthers off the bench with 16 factors on 7-for-12 taking pictures from the sphere. These 16 factors she scored is tied for the second most she has scored in a sport this season. Harris stated that Panthers wants to know how one can shut out video games and simply take their possibilities like the most effective groups do.

“We bought to have the ability to deal with strain in that fourth quarter,” Harris stated. “We stayed with them, and we had been up for primarily three quarters. So having the ability to deal with that strain, making pictures and in that fourth quarter, everybody bites down throughout that point. We bought to be taught chew down ourselves.”

The Panthers shot a poor 4-for-20 from 3-point vary in opposition to the Tar Heels, together with 1-for-15 within the final three quarters. The Panthers additionally shot 11-for-18, 61.1% from the foul line in opposition to the Tar Heels, the worst foul taking pictures proportion in opposition to an ACC crew this season. The Tar Heels took benefit of their free throws, making 18 of their 19 makes an attempt.

Pitt performs their subsequent two video games on the highway, beginning off with Boston Faculty on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m.


Gallery: Union defeats Aquinas Academy 52-35 within the Class-1A Women’ Championship



PITTSBURGH — The Union Scotties defeated the Aquinas Academy Crusaders, 52-35, within the 2023 WPIAL Class-1A Women’ Championship Saturday morning on the Petersen Occasion Middle.

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Gallery: North Catholic defeats Blackhawk 51-35 within the Class-4A Ladies’ Championship



PITTSBURGH — For the second time in two years, the North Catholic Trojanettes have been topped WPIAL Champions. This time got here in Class-4A by defeating the Blackhawk Cougars, 51-35, Saturday afternoon on the Petersen Occasion Middle.

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Leroux, Webber Lead South Fayette to 2nd Straight WPIAL 5A Championship



PITTSBURGH — The highest two groups in Class 5A Women’ basketball didn’t face one another all season till when it mattered essentially the most in March. No. 1 South Fayette boasted the most effective protection within the classification whereas No. 2  Oakland Catholic owned the highest offense as the 2 squads took heart stage on the Pete.

Led by championship expertise from a 12 months in the past, South Fayette (24-2) pulled away from the Oakland Catholic Eagles (22-4) to say the 5A title for the second consecutive season, 64-49.

With a second championship title, it sends the proficient senior class off on a excessive notice within the WPIAL.

“It means loads, particularly as a result of we’re seniors and we actually needed to get it,” Rachel Black mentioned. 

As anticipated, the Lions noticed massive contributions from Maddie Webber and Ava Leroux. The 2 teammates have performed almost their who lives collectively as their affect was felt towards Oakland Catholic with Leroux scoring 17 and Webber pouring in 16.

“Experiencing one thing like that is actually necessary to us and makes us stronger,” Webber mentioned.

Making a run again to the Pete for the second straight 12 months modified how staff’s approached South Fayette, which altered the Lions’ mentality.

“We’ve been the hunted all 12 months this 12 months,” South Fayette head coach Bryan Bennett mentioned. “We discovered in December that there’s no nights off anymore and there’s a goal on our again. We’re blessed to be right here for 2 consecutive years.”

Oakland Catholic tried to trace down the Lions and spoil a repeat evening. The sport began as a back-and-forth scoring affair. Neither staff settled into the motive force seat, however Oakland Catholic obtained a push from its star, senior Alexa Washington. 

Washington pushed the tempo of play within the first half for the Eagles as she totaled 16 factors. The North Florida commit showcased her abilities together with a clean eurostep and end which tied the sport earlier than the Eagles took the eventual lead.

“I believe us attending to the basket was laborious for [South Fayette] to protect. We now have a fast first step on our staff,” Washington mentioned.

As each groups saved it tight, South Fayette needed to combat by some foul hassle with its high participant. Late within the first quarter, Maddie Webber picked up her second foul and spent a majority of the second quarter on the bench.

“We felt that if we may trip out and preserve the sport shut it was higher to maintain her on the bench and forestall a 3rd foul,” Bennett mentioned. “Thankfully we have now loads of proficient children that stepped up within the second quarter that saved the sport shut. I do know we have been down two on the half, however that was the absolute best final result we may have.”

With Webber trying on from the sidelines, each Ava Leroux and Ryan Oldaker, who got here off the bench for Webber, dropped 4 factors every for the Lions earlier than the quarters’ finish.

“I belief my teammates a lot,” Webber mentioned. “I do know they’re nice gamers, nevertheless it was laborious watching it since you need to be on the court docket.”

“I knew that Maddie was an enormous contributor to the sport,” Leroux added. “I knew we needed to step up as a staff, so I attempted to do the most effective I may. Do what I may management, field out, get rebounds and do the little issues to contribute.”

Trailing by two factors, South Fayette entered the second half and began to grab momentum with Webber again on the ground. The Lions outscored the Eagles 16-8 within the third quarter.

“I instructed them at halftime that I didn’t assume we performed very nicely within the first half,” Bennett mentioned. “Oakland took us out of it and obtained us a bit bit rattled. At halftime, we regrouped and refocused and we performed our recreation within the second half.”

Because the power shifted to the Lions, additionally they fed off of an impressive recreation cleansing up the glass. South Fayetter managed the board, out-rebounding Oakland Catholic 39-18. Leroux registered 13 of these rebounds on the way in which to her double-double effort.

For Oakland Catholic, the scale and athleticism of Leroux (6-foot-3) and Webber (5-foot-11) turned an excessive amount of to deal with.

“It was positively laborious,” Oakland Catholic senior Jill Gallo, who added 10 rebounds herself, mentioned. “I really feel like I ought to’ve been anticipating their fakes. I really feel like general we’re a stronger staff than them bodily, they’re simply actually quick.” 

All through the season, South Fayette has relied on its rebounding and protection – permitting 37 factors per recreation – and because the Lions pulled away, the protection shut the door.

Whatever the final result, Eagles’ coach Eddie Benton, Jr. was pleased with his staff’s accomplishments.

“We have been 22-3 for a cause,” Benton Jr. mentioned. “We consider in every part that we do and we have been simply apprehensive about us being the most effective staff we could possibly be and immediately simply wasn’t sufficient. There’s going to be many extra occasions in our life when it’s not sufficient, and people are the teachings these younger girls get to study.”

Together with Washington’s efficiency, Rachel Haver poured in 15 of her personal. Each Helena Hill and London Creach added seven. 

On the South Fayette aspect, Lainey Yeter dropped in 12. Junior Erica Corridor scored eight with freshman Ryan Oldaker including seven.

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