Feb. 4, 2009

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Shavonte Zellous scored 29 points, surpassing 2,000 in her career, and No. 22 Pittsburgh beat No. 19 Notre Dame 82-70 on Tuesday night for its sixth straight victory.

Xenia Stewart and Taneisha Harrison scored 17 points and Shayla Scott added 11 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the Panthers (17-4, 7-2 Big East).

Pepper Wilson had 12 rebounds for Pittsburgh, which beat Notre Dame for the third time in the past four games. Notre Dame leads the series 17-3.

Becca Bruszewski and Erica Solomon scored 14 points for Notre Dame (16-5, 5-4), which has lost four of its past six games.

Zellous, the Big East's leading scorer, became the third player in school history to surpass 2,000 points when she made a one-handed lay-in with 12:30 left in the game. She was fouled on the play by Ashley Barlow, but missed the free throw.

Notre Dame, which never led, closed to 49-48 on Erica Williamson's basket 5 minutes into the second half. Zellous then scored eight points during a 14-6 Pitt run which put the Panthers ahead 63-54. The Irish got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Zellous scored 11 of Pitt's first 21 points but was limited to 12 minutes in the first half because of foul trouble.

Pitt raced out to leads of 8-0 and 15-4. The Irish got as close as three points before a late run by the Panthers gave them a 40-31 halftime lead.