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Pitt tops Notre Dame, advances to Big East semifin

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HARTFORD, Conn. – Pitt recovered from a 12-point first-half deficit to pull off one of the biggest victories in school history and advance to the Big East women’s basketball tournament semifinals.

Marcedes Walker had game highs of 18 points and 13 rebounds and Xenia Stewart added 13, including a pair of pivotal 3-pointers, to lead the Panthers to a 64-53 victory over No. 9 Notre Dame this afternoon in a quarterfinal game at the XL Center.

Pitt (22-9) will play the winner of ninth-seeded DePaul and top-seeded Connecticut at 6 p.m. Monday. It is the first time the Panthers have reached the semifinals since 1996, when they lost to Connecticut, 83-51.

Notre Dame is the highest-ranked team Pitt has ever beaten. The Irish were led by senior guard Charel Allen, a Monessen native who had 17 points and eight rebounds.

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