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No. 6 Pitt knocks off No. 3 seed

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Pitt had just scored its biggest win in women's basketball and guard Shavonte Zellous leaped onto the back of big teammate Marcedes Walker at midcourt.

In the game, it was Zellous who carried the Panthers into the Spokane Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament on Monday night.

The former track sprinter turned shooting guard scored 19 points and grabbed a key late rebound to lead the sixth-seeded Panthers to a 67-59 win over No. 3 seed and former national champion Baylor.

"She hit big shots and made big plays," Baylor forward Rachel Allison said of Zellous. "That's something we didn't do."

Pitt (24-10) is in a regional semifinal for the first time in school history. Baylor (25-7) lost in the second round for the second year in a row, and the difference turned out to be Zellous and Walker.

The Bears were led by their frontline duo of Danielle Wilson with 15 points and Rachel Allison with 14. But Wilson went scoreless and without a rebound in the second half. Guard Angela Tisdale scored 13.

Pittsburgh's dynamic duo took over the Panthers' offense and the game in the second half.

Walker, an intimidating 6-foot-4-inch center, scored 12 of her 17 points in the second half and grabbed nine rebounds before fouling out with 5:28 left. She got the last two fouls in a span of less than a minute, and Pitt's 53-49 lead at the time was in jeopardy.

Not that Pitt coach Agnus Berenato was too worried.

"None of those thoughts ever entered my mind," said a smiling Berenato, who has lifted the Pitt program to national prominence.

Zellous took the Panthers the rest of the way. She hit three free throws with 4:59 left after being fouled behind the arc and Pitt holding a two-point lead. She then outhustled a Baylor player to a loose-ball rebound with 37 seconds left and the Panthers up 61-54.

VANDERBILT 64, WEST VIRGINIA 46, at Albuquerque, N.M. -- Christina Wirth scored 21 points to help the fourth-seeded Commodores cruise past the Mountaineers. Vanderbilt, whose reserves outscored West Virginia's 20-2, has won 11 of 12.

New Orleans Regional

OKLAHOMA STATE 73, FLORIDA STATE 72, at Des Moines, Iowa -- Andrea Riley sank a free throw with seven-tenths of a second left in overtime to lead the Cowgirls past the gritty Seminoles.

The back-and-forth game appeared headed to a second overtime when Riley was trapped 18 feet from the basket with time about to run out. She went up for what would have been an awkward shot, and official Teresa Dahlem whistled a foul on Florida State's Shante Williams as the buzzer sounded.

The officials then checked the TV monitor and put 0.7 on the clock. Riley, who missed two free throws on her previous trip to the line, bricked the first one but nailed the second, then intercepted Florida State's long inbounds pass.

LSU 68, MARIST 49, at Baton Rouge, La. -- Sylvia Fowles had 19 points and 13 rebounds to help the No. 2-seeded Tigers end the Red Foxes' 22-game winning streak. Fowles, playing her final game on campus, also became the leading rebounder in the history of the Southeastern Conference with 1,527.

Greensboro Regional

RUTGERS 69, IOWA STATE 58, at Des Moines, Iowa -- Kia Vaughn scored 23 points to lead four players in double figures, and the second-seeded Scarlet Knights advanced to the regional semifinals for the fourth consecutive season by beating the Cyclones, who played 35 miles from their campus and were buoyed by a decidedly pro-Iowa State crowd.

Oklahoma City Regional

TEXAS A&M 63, HARTFORD 39, at Baton Rouge, La. -- Danielle Gant scored 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting to lead the No. 2-seeded Aggies to a dominant victory over the Hawks. Texas A&M earned its 11th consecutive victory while snapping Hartford's 10-game winning streak.

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