Louisville's Candyce Bingham, left ,and Angel McCoughtry, center, crowd Pitt's Sophronia Sallard in the first half of tonight's Big East Conference women's basketball tournament semifinal in Hartford, Conn.
By Paul Zeise Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The 14th-ranked Pitt women's basketball bowed out of the Big East tournament tonight with a 69-63 loss to No. 5 Louisville.
The Panthers had an opportunity to win the game but failed to execute in the final two minutes. Pitt took a 63-62 lead with 2:04 to play on a layup by Pepper Wilson and then got the ball back when Wilson made a steal on the ensuing possession.
Wilson, was then fouled, but she missed the front end of a one-and-one and the Cardinals took possession of the ball . Not surprisingly, they went to their superstar forward, Angel McCoughtry, who delivered a layup off an inbounds play and made the free throw after she was fouled to push the Cardinals in front, 65-63.
Pitt turned the ball over on its next possession and McCoughtry scored again, putting the game out of reach. McCoughtry scored 31 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Louisville (29-3).
Shavonte Zellous scored 24 points and grabbed four rebounds for the Panthers, who also got a tremendous game from Wilson, a freshman center, who had 16 points and two steals.
Pitt (23-7) will wait to find out its NCAA tournament fate Monday, but it is projected to be a No. 4 or a No. 5 seed.
More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.