Pitt women edged out by Louisville, 69-63

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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.

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