PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The William and Mary women's basketball team was edged at Pittsburgh, 76-74, on Sunday afternoon from the Petersen Events Center. The College led for the entire second-half until the Panthers connected on a pair of foul-shots with one second remaining in the contest. The Tribe falls to 0-2 on the season, while Pitt improves to 1-1.
Senior forward Emily Correal tied a career-high with 27 points to go along with a team-leading 10 rebounds against the Panthers, while classmate Janine Aldridge poured in 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. Senior Taylor Hilton finished the afternoon with 12 points and dished out career-high five assists, while sophomore Kyla Kerstetter finished with six points.
In an opening half that featured five lead changes and ties, Pittsburgh jumped out to an early 4-3 lead, but the Green and Gold responded with an electric 14-2 run, culminating on Correal's jumper at the 14:13 mark. Aldridge ignited the 12-point advantage with her 223rd career 3-pointer with 17:34 remaining in the half. In addition, the Massapequa, N.Y., native knocked down two more treys during the stretch, while Correal totaled five points in the spurt, and with 14:13 left in the first stanza the Tribe owned a 17-6 margin.
The Panther's answered with a run of their own as junior Ashley Anderson gave Pitt the lead, 24-23, with a lay up at the 7:53 juncture. However, the Tribe regained and pushed its edge to four, 40-36, after senior guard Chanel Murchison dished out a dime to Correal, who laid it in off the glass with 1:43 left to go. Correal gave the Tribe a 43-40 halftime lead after the local Pittsburgh area product connected from the charity stripe with two seconds left on the clock.
In second-half action, the College pushed its margin to 60-53 after Kerstetter slipped in a lay up with 8:42 remaining. After Pittsburgh narrowed its deficit to 62-61, Hilton's 3-pointer gave W&M a four-point cushion at 65-61 at the 6:06 mark. In the same situation with 3:52 left to play, sophomore Anna Kestler sent a bounce pass to Aldridge, who netted her fifth 3-pointer of the contest, giving the Tribe a 71-67 advantage.
After Pittsburgh regained the lead, 74-72, on a pair of junior Asia Logan foul shots, Hilton responded on the very next possession. With eight seconds remaining in regulation, the Washington, D.C., native netted an assist from Kestler feet from inside the foul line, tying the contest at 74-74. With less than a second left to play, Logan drew a foul and proceeded to make both free-throws as Pitt escaped, 76-74, for the win.
For the contest, the Tribe shot 24-of-47 (51.1 percent) from the floor, while it was 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) from 3-point territory. Furthermore, the College tallied 21 assists and recorded nine steals. Pittsburgh was led by Logan, who tallied 36 points and 14 rebounds. The Panthers finished the day shooting 28-of-76 (36.8 percent) from the field and 2-of-19 (10.5 percent) from 3-point range.
The College returns home to Kaplan Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 14, as it hosts Virginia Union at 7 p.m.