Women's basketball: Pitt comes up short against Syracuse, 58-47

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Despite a late rally, the Pitt women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a woeful first-half offensive performance and lost Sunday to Syracuse, 58-47, at the Petersen Events Center.

Ultimately, the Panthers were doomed by a dismal 16 percent shooting percentage in the first half, after which they trailed 30-18. The Panthers outscored Syracuse 29-28 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough.

Pitt cut the Orange’s lead to 46-43 with less than three minutes left, but that was the closest the Panthers came to evening up the score.

Brianna Kiesel, who left Pitt’s 109-66 loss to Notre Dame Thursday early with a knee injury, started the game and played all 40 minutes. She had 12 points and five rebounds.

Brittney Sykes led the Orange with 15 points.

Pitt returns to action next Saturday with a road game against No. 3 Duke.

Sam Werner: swerner@post-gazette.com and Twitter @SWernerPG.

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