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Pitt tops Wyoming, advances to NCAA second round

ALBUQUERQUE — Shavonte Zellous scored 15 of her team-high 21 points in the second half, leading Pitt to a 63-58 first-round victory over Wyoming this afternoon in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament at the University of New Mexico’s The Pit.

Pitt (23-10) advances to the second round, where the Panthers will play No. 3 Baylor Monday. The Bears defeated Fresno State, 88-67, earlier today.

Wyoming (24-7) was led by Justyna Podziemska’s game-high 23 points. The Cowgirls shot 40 percent (20 of 50) from the field but made only 8 of 27 (29.6 percent) 3-point attempts. Pitt was 22 of 51 from the field and 17 of 23 on free throws, making 7 of 8 in the final 1:41.

Pitt sophomore Sophronia Sallard scored a career-high 15 points, including 13 in the first half on 6-of-6 shooting. Marcedes Walker added 13 points and six rebounds.

Pitt went ahead on senior Mallorie Winn’s 3-pointer with 2:27 remaining, and Winn scored her 1,000th career point on the first of two free throws with 33.3 seconds left.

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