The Pitt women’s basketball team closed out the regular season on a disappointing nine-game losing streak, but it wasn’t due to a lack of effort by Panthers freshman Dayshanette Harris. The Pitt guard finished the season with double-figure point totals in each of the team’s last six games and 10 of the team's last 11.
Over the last six games, Harris averaged 18.3 points per game, and she posted a career-high 27 points in the third game of the streak. That scoring outburst came in Pitt’s 70-59 loss at Boston College on Feb. 20, and it marked the third time Harris had scored 20 or more points in a game. She would repeat the feat on Sunday, as she scored 22 points in Pitt’s 73-54 loss to Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.
With the 22-point game, Harris became the first Pitt player with four 20-point games since Brianna Kiesel in the 2011-12 season. During that season, Kiesel had seven games with 20 or more points. Harris' other two 20-point games came against Duquesne on Nov. 23 and Penn State on Dec. 5. She scored 22 against the Dukes and 26 against the Nittany Lions.
In addition to the 22 points, the native of Youngstown, Ohio, had five rebounds and one assist. She also took advantage of the opportunities she was given, as she went 7-for-15 from the field and 2-for-4 from three-point range while making six of her nine free-throw attempts. However, her effort was not enough to bail out a Panthers team that had gone 1-14 all time in Coral Gables.
Pitt will get at least one more chance to notch a win this season, as the team will face Notre Dame in the ACC tournament on Wednesday. The Panthers will be the No. 15 seed in the tournament, and the Fighting Irish will be the No. 10 seed. The two teams will tip off from Greensboro Coliseum at 3:30 p.m. ET.