Youngstown State rallied to outscore Pitt, 43-17, in the second half to post a season-opening 64-50 win on the road. The victory was the first over a Big East team since 1991 and also the first over a BCS Conference opponent since 1997.
Brandi Brown (above), playing in her last season for the Penguins, spearheaded a furious comeback after the Penguins trailed 33-21 at the half. Brown scored 11 of her game-high 16 points in the second half. She also collected 11 rebounds for Youngstown State.
Brown was joined by Monica Touvelle and Melissa Thompson in double figures for YSU. Touvelle shot 4-10 from three-point land and Thompson, who finished with 13, played a well-rounded game for the Penguins.
Surprisingly, the undersized Lady Penguins held their own on the boards. Pitt finished the game with a 34-32 edge in rebounds, but Bob Boldon‘s scrappy team is getting used to a disadvantage in size that they are able to compensate for with hustle and technique.
The opportunistic Penguins play at Buffalo on Tuesday at noon.