Pitt Women Ranked 14th

The Pitt women's basketball team is reaping the rewards of its 10-game winning streak, as the Lady Panthers earned their highest ranking in school history at No. 14 in the latest Associated Press writers' poll.

Pittsburgh is 16-3 overall and holds a program-best 6-0 record in Big East play. Pitt is one of just three schools with an undefeated Conference record and is tied atop the standings with No. 1-ranked Connecticut and No. 4 Rutgers.

Prior to this ranking, Pitt's highest mark was No. 19, which the program set in 1979 and reached again last week. From last week's 19th place, Pitt jumped five spots and added 171 points to its total.

"We're very proud of the way our program has progressed over the years, and we're looking forward to continued improvement,'' Pitt women's basketball coach Agnus Berenato said.

Pitt is led by Shavonte Zellous with 21 points per game, while Marcedes Walker is at 14.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per contest.

The Panthers defeated St. John's on the road Tuesday night and returned home to take down Louisville on Sunday afternoon for another undefeated week of play. Pitt returns to action Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Villanova and will play host Rutgers Saturday at 2 p.m. for the Girl Scouts and UPMC Girls and Women in Sports Festival.

Pitt is also currently awaiting the results of the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, which will be released Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Panthers are currently ranked a school-record 21st by the nation's coaches and are expected to move up into the top 15 in that poll as well.

Pitt's game at Villanova will be broadcast live in Pittsburgh on FOX Sports Radio 970 AM with Greg Linnelli and Jen Tuscano calling the action. All games can also be heard live on www.pittsburghpanthers.com as a part of Panthers All-Access.

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