PITTSBURGH, Pa. (11/25/17) – Pittsburgh drained 11 of its 3-point attempts in the second half as the Panthers defeated the Arkansas State women’s basketball team 87-47 Saturday night at the Petersen Events Centers.
A-State saw its record to drop to 2-3 on the season, while the Panthers improved their record to 5-1 behind six players in double-figures.
Starr Taylor paced the Red Wolves with nine points, while Lauren Bradshaw just missed tying a career-high with 12 rebounds. She also had two blocks, and is now four away from becoming Arkansas State’s time leader in the category. She currently stands at 129 career blocks.
Yacine Diop paced the Panthers with 16 points, who shot 52.3 percent (34-of-65) from the field as a team. Pittsburgh also made 68.2 percent of its 3-point attempts, and held A-State to just 23.9 percent shooting on the night.
How It Happened (First Half):
A slow start from the field put the Red Wolves behind early after Pittsburgh went on an 8-0 run midway through the first quarter to build a 15-5 lead. The run was highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from Yacine Diop who led the Panthers with 13 points in the opening half.
A-State countered with an 8-0 run of its own to end the first half that was highlighted by the play of Madison Heckert who knocked down a 3-pointer and had a put back during the span to get her squad within 15-13 before the Panthers made a basket before the first quarter buzzer sounded to take a four point lead.
Arkansas State’s shooting woes continued in the second quarter as Pitt went on a 13-3 run to start the period and led 29-16 at the media timeout. A-State closed the gap to 34-23 at the halftime break thanks to Starr Taylor who finished with seven points to pace her squad in the first half.
Pittsburgh shot 41 percent (14-of-34) from the field in the half, while the Red Wolves made just 32 percent (9-of-28) of their attempts and committed 10 turnovers. Each team grabbed 20 rebounds, while Pitt held an 18-12 edge in points in the paint.
How It Happed (Second Half):
Pittsburgh extended its lead in the third quarter thanks to a 10-of-15 mark from the field, including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc in the period. A 12-2 run by the Panthers increased the advantage to 48-29, while another 12-2 run to end the period gave A-State a 60-35 deficit entering the fourth quarter.
Pittsburgh shot 64.5 percent from the field in the second half and made also made 11 of its 16, 3-pointers in the final 20 minutes. A-State continued to its poor shooting performance and made just seven field goals in the second half, while continuing to struggle at the foul line on the road this season.
Arkansas State fell to 4-8 all-time against opponents from the ACC.
A-State failed to have a player reach double-figures in scoring for the first time since Nov. 11, 2016 at Oklahoma State.
Lauren Bradshaw had two blocks and now stands at 129 for her career. She needs just three more to tie the all-time record at A-State and four more to have the record outright.
Akasha Westbrook failed to reach double-figures for the first time this season.
Jada Ford made her first start since Jan. 5, 2017 at Appalachian State.
Maggie Mahan made her first appearance for the Red Wolves this season. She was the last A-State player to appear in a game.
Quoting Coach Brian Boyer:
“Tonight just looked like one of those nights where nobody was comfortable with each other. You go back to the other night against UT Martin and everybody looked comfortable playing together but tonight had a bad feel about it. Nobody looked comfortable out there or with their teammates and the biggest thing is that we knew Pitt was really good at making the extra pass and we talked about how we had to take that away and we just weren’t able to do that.
A-State returns home for a non-conference matchup with Tennessee State. Tip-off it set for Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at First National Bank Arena.