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Pitt women pound No. 8 Maryland, 86-57

The Pitt women’s basketball program scored the biggest victory in school history today, pounding No. 8 Maryland, 86-57, before 3,223 at Petersen Events Center.

It marked Pitt’s second-ever victory over a top-10 opponent, the first coming against No. 9 Notre Dame in the Big East Conference tournament quarterfinals last March.

Shavonte Zellous led the No. 24 Panthers (6-1) with 26 points. The senior guard made 10 of 22 shots from the field, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range. She moved into sixth place among the school’s all-time scorers with 1,654 points, passing Pam Miklasevich (1,637 points from 1979-83).

Senior forward Xenia Stewart added 22 points, and sophomores Shayla Scott (13 points, six rebounds) and Taneisha Harrison (12 assists, two turnovers) also played key roles for Pitt, which outrebounded Maryland, 38-30.

Maryland (7-2) was led by Kristi Tolliver’s 12 points and Lynetta Kizer’s 10 points. The Terrapins committed 22 turnovers, leading to 26 points by the Panthers. Pitt’s largest lead was 31 points.

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