Zellous overcomes foul trouble to help Panthers beat Mountaineers

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Shavonte Zellous scored 25 points, overcoming first-half foul trouble, to help Pittsburgh (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP) beat West Virginia 72-60 on Tuesday night.

The Panthers (21-5, 11-3 Big East) were down by 12 in the first half, but used a 44-point second half to win for the 10th time in their past 11 games.

Zellous picked up her second foul with 12:18 remaining in the first half and was forced to sit for the next seven minutes as her team cut the deficit to eight. She returned with 5:19 left in the half and the Panthers went into the locker room up 28-27.

Pitt started the second half with six consecutive points, but West Virginia (15-12, 4-10) wouldn't go away as Takisha Granberry made a 3-pointer to halt Pitt's momentum.

With the Mountaineers leading by two, Zellous' layup started a 12-0 run to seal the victory.

Liz Repella scored 17 points and Granberry added 16 for West Virginia.

Pitt ended the game on a 15-7 run to secure the victory and clinched at least a No. 3 seed for the Big East Tournament.