Second Quarter Run Pushes Pitt Past Women’s Hoops

PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh outscored Loyola University Maryland 21-2 in the second quarter Monday night, and the Panthers went on to a 74-44 non-conference victory at the Petersen Events Center.

The Panthers (4-0 overall) scored the game’s first eight points and led by as many as 12, 21-9, late in the first quarter, but the Greyhounds (2-3) came back to draw within seven, 26-19, at the end of the opening quarter.

Alexis Gray scored nine of her team-high 11 points in the opening frame, knocking down a trio of 3-pointers. Her 11 points represented a career-best in her young tenure at Loyola. 

Ashley Hunter tallied four of her career-best six points late in the first, and Bri Betz-White added another three points as Loyola closed the frame on a 10-5 run.

Pittsburgh, however, came out quickly in the second, scoring the first 18 points of the stanza. A Brenna Wise three made it 44-19 Panthers before Molly Taylor scored for the Greyhounds with 1:07 left in the quarter to break up the run.

Wise led Pittsburgh with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Kauai Bradley tallied a game-best 16.

Loyola outrebounded the Panthers, 39-37, led by six from Stephanie Karcz and five from Hunter. Both of those tallies were career-highs. 

After playing five games in the season’s first nine days, the Greyhounds now take a nine-day break before hosting Columbia University on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. in Reitz Arena.