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Pitt women’s basketball upsets Notre Dame in ACC Tournament, 67-65

Matt Hawley

With a 4-25 record heading into the ACC Tournament, the Pitt women’s basketball team wasn’t expected to do much in the postseason. Even a competitive game was no guarantee with Notre Dame blowing out Pitt in their last meeting this month, 74-52. But the Panthers pulled off a big upset, defeating Notre Dame in the opening round, 67-65, on Wednesday.

With the score tied, freshman Dayshanette Harris beat two defenders, toeing the inbounds line, and pulled up for a short jumper to win it for the Panthers with only 2.7 seconds remaining. She would seal the win at the other end stealing the inbounds pass to create a pretty surprising output. You can see the highlights and Harris’ heroics below.

Harris has been one of the few bright spots on the team and, earlier, she was named to the ACC All-Freshmen team. She was all over in the game against the Irish, scoring 20 points and grabbing ten rebounds.

Now, this was not one of the Notre Dame teams of old that have contended for national championships. Still, the Irish were 13-17 coming in and the clear favorite. While the Irish were nearly .500 in the ACC with an 8-10 record, Pitt had won only one ACC game all season long. Suffice to say, this was a pretty big upset.

It’s no secret that the women’s team has been a bit of a mess lately. The program hasn’t finished with a winning record since winning 20 games in 2014-15 and has struggled to do much since joining the ACC. But with the freshman Harris leading the way and the team losing only one senior, star Aysia Bugg, things should be looking up next year.

No. 15 seed Pitt will face No. 7 seed Georgia Tech on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. You can watch it on ACC Network Extra.

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