No. 24 Pitt Takes Thanksgiving Tournament With 80-58 Win Over Marshall Women|
Nov. 28, 2009
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Five Panthers scored in double figures as No. 24 Pitt downed the Marshall University women's basketball team, 80-58, in Saturday's championship game of the Pitt Thanksgiving Tournament at the Petersen Events Center.
Taneisha Harrison for Pitt (5-0) notched 15 while Jania Sims had 14. Chelsea Cole had 11 points along with a game-high 11 rebounds.
Marshall began the game strong, taking a 7-4 lead just over two minutes into the contest. Crook began the game strong, scoring four points while Mystee Dale nailed a three to put the Herd on top. Pitt came right back to take an 8-7 advantage as Shayla Scott hit a bucket to give the Panthers their second lead of the game.
Pitt extended its lead at that point to as many as ten points, 25-15, with seven minutes left in the half, before Marshall cut it back to as little as five points before trailing by nine, 35-26, at halftime. Pitt kept Marshall scoreless for a six-minute stretch midway through the half. Crook led all scorers in the half with 12 points, including a 6-of-7 showing from the charity stripe.
The Panthers extended their lead to a game-high 13 points, 45-32, five minutes into the second stanza. Taneisha Harrison nailed a trey for her second bucket of the game while Chelsea Cole sealed the run with a field goal.
Marshall clawed its way back, cutting the lead down to eight points, 51-43, with 8:44 left in the game, but two quick daggers, both treys, saw Pitt extend its lead to 14 just over a minute later. The lead would reach as many as 24 before reaching the final score of 80-58.
Pitt won the rebounding battle, 40-36 and also finished with a .460-.352 shooting advantage.
Chantelle Handy, who notched 22 points against Miami and followed that up with 16 points against the Panthers, was named to the All-Tournament Team.
The women will face off at Cleveland State on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. From there, the Herd will be off until December 8 when it travels to Washington D.C. to face George Washington.