USF women escape with 60-59 win vs. Pitt
USF women's basketball got a scare in the first round of the Big East tournament in Hartford, as the Bulls saw a 21-point lead disappear to 16th-seeded Pittsburgh, only to have senior Andrell Smith hit a 3-pointer with 43 seconds left to give the Bulls a 60-59 victory.
Pittsburgh's final shot missed at the buzzer, allowing ninth-seeded USF (17-14) to advance to Saturday's second round against eighth-seeded DePaul. Bulls guard Inga Orekhova had a game-high 25 points -- 19 in the first half, which ended with the Bulls dominating 39-20. Pittsburgh regrouped in the second half and took its first lead with 1:50 to play.
Panthers freshman Brianna Kiesel, who had 24 points, put Pitt ahead 59-57, but the Bulls took the lead for good on the 3 by Smith, who finished with 16 points. Pittsburgh went 0-16 in Big East play but nearly pulled off the upset. USF defeated DePaul during the regular season, and a win Saturday would set them up against top-seeded Notre Dame in Sunday's quarterfinals.