Pitt women storm past St. John’s
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.
Karen Price is a former freelancer.