Jan. 7, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Emily Cournoyer scored a season-best 19 points with 11 rebounds to propel Providence to a 77-69 upset of Pittsburgh (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) on Wednesday night.
The Friars' win overshadowed the performance of Shavonte Zellous, who scored 28 points for Pitt (11-3, 1-1 Big East). Zellous, the nation's fourth-leading scorer at 23.1 points per game, had 16 in the first half.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Providence (7-7, 1-1 Big East), which also got 14 points from Mi-Khida Hankins and 13 from Trinity Hull.
Providence narrowed a 23-14 deficit with a 12-2 run late in the opening half to take the lead. Catherine Bove's 3-pointer with two minutes remaining in the first half pushed Providence's advantage to 34-27.
Providence's 40 points in the first half were a season high for the Friars, who led by as many as 16 with 9:14 to go in the second half.
Providence shot 53.8 percent from the field in the second half to Pitt's 34.3 percent.
The last time the Friars defeated a ranked opponent was Feb. 19, 2008, when they topped then-No. 22 Syracuse 62-58 at home.
Providence defeated #19/20 Pitt, 77-69, on January 7 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. It marks the first victory over a ranked opponent since defeating then-No. 22/24 Syracuse, 62-58, on February 19, 2008.
Providence's victory over Pitt is the first since February 8, 2003. On that day, the Friars defeated Pitt, 57-54, in Providence, R.I. Pitt had rattled off six-straight wins over Providence entering Wednesday's game.
Against the Panther's the Friars had their season-best showing from three-point territory - hitting 5-9 attempts (.556). PC also hit 18-22 free throws (.818), including a perfect 10-10 in the first half.
Under the direction of fourth-year Head Coach Phil Seymore
, the Friars have defeated a ranked foe three-straight seasons.
Friars' 52 rebounds vs. #19/20 Pitt are the most in a single game since hauling in 53 against USF on January 18, 2006.
Providence has outrebounded eight opponents this season, including six of the last seven. In two BIG EAST games, the Friars have out-rebounded their opponent each time.
The Friars outrebounded Pitt by a margin of +17 (52-35). It marks the largest rebounding margin since outrebounding St. Francis (N.Y.) by +17 (43-26) on November 21, 2006.
The Friars have recorded a season-high 10 blocked shots in each of their last two games vs. St. John's and Pittsburgh. It marks the most blocked shots since also recorded 10 vs. USF on January 15, 2008.
Providence improves to 5-0 when leading at the half with its 77-69 victory over #19/20 Pitt on January 7. Prior to PC's halftime lead over Pitt on January 7, the Friars had not led at the half since December 20 against Southeast Missouri State. The Friars led SEMO 24-23 at halftime and went on to win the game 67-59.
Emily Cournoyer posted her second double-double of the season (and third of her career) against #19/20 Pitt on January 7. She recorded a season-high 19 points and matched a season-high of 11 rebounds vs. the Panthers. She also added a season-high four assists and four blocked shots.