Women’s Basketball: Pitt still winless in Big East

Jasper Wilson | February 19, 2012    

The Pitt women’s basketball team tied its longest losing streak under head coach Agnus… The Pitt women’s basketball team tied its longest losing streak under head coach Agnus Berenato on Saturday.

With the 62-50 loss to South Florida (15-13, 7-7 Big East), the Panthers (8-18, 0-13 Big East) have dropped 12 straight games — tying their losing streak from the 2003-04 season.

Sophomore guard Asia Logan’s lingering shoulder injury reduced the Pitt bench to three players, who contributed just three total points on Saturday.

Logan, a sophomore, played a little over a minute at the end of the first half, but Pitt head coach Agnus Berenato said in a text message that it was likely too soon for Logan to play at all.

Three players reached double figures, led by freshman point guard Brianna Kiesel with 13 points, but the production wasn’t enough as Pitt fell 62-50.

Redshirt sophomore Abby Dowd played 16 minutes without scoring, grabbing a rebound or dishing out an assist. Freshman Chyna Golden played 28 minutes and collected six rebounds, but she failed to score.

TiAnna Porter, also a freshman, scored the bench’s only points, despite seeing just eight minutes.

Pitt went into the half down two points at 31-29. The Panthers led for close to 19 minutes before a Jasmine Wynne jumper at the buzzer gave South Florida the advantage at the break.

Pitt evened the score immediately in the second half on an Ashlee Anderson basket, but the Panthers couldn’t build momentum as the Bulls ran out to a 38-31 lead and stayed ahead for the rest of the game.

Pitt managed to pull within three points, 40-37, on a Marquel Davis layup with 14:14 to go before South Florida extended its lead again.

Wynne led all scorers with 14 points. It was the senior’s first game since sustaining a concussion against Syracuse on Feb. 4.

Three other South Florida players reached double figures, including junior Andrell Smith who recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds,

The win marked South Florida’s third straight victory.

Pitt center Leeza Burdgess displayed her prowess on the glass once again, collecting 13 rebounds despite picking up her third foul with 9:43 left to go in the first half.

Sophomore Kyra Dunn also played with foul trouble. She got called for her fourth foul with 17:41 left in the second half.

Pitt’s turnover woes continued: The team finished with 20.

Pitt faces No. 2 Connecticut at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Petersen Events Center.

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