Pitt had four score in double figures, and held UTEP to just 31 percent shooting from the floor to trip up the Miners in their first game of the Patrick Harrington Tournament 71-46 late Monday afternoon from Niceville, Florida.
Brandy Harvey-Carr, and Kalista Walters each scored 18 points as the Panthers led from wire-to-wire and were never tested by the young Miners.
Sparkle Taylor bounced back with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting for the Miners, but UTEP turned the ball over 16 times, leading to 17 Pitt points off UTEP turnovers.
Freshman Jakeria Ford added 11 points, but the Miners struggled on offense, going 2-of-18 from behind the 3-point arch, and shot right at 31 percent in each half.
UTEP was outscored 37-20 at halftime, while the Panthers blocked nine UTEP shot attempts in the ball game. Pitt held a 41-38 edge in the rebounding department, using 16 second chance points to stymie UTEP’s defensive efforts.
Up next for UTEP is a date with Alabama tomorrow at 6 p.m. Mountain Time. You cant the game on 600 ESPN El Paso, or at www.KROD.com