With State's win over Pitt and UNC's loss at Notre Dame, State can finish no worse than fourth in the conference women's basketball standings. With one game left in the regular season, State leads both UNC and Syracuse by two games. State is overall 24-5 and 11-4 in conference.
State and Maryland are third and fourth at 11-4 while UNC and Syracuse are fifth and sixth at 9-6.
Pitt really did not offer much resistance to State as their tallest player inside, Asia Logan, is six feet. Asia fouled out early. Pitt does have a six-eleven player, but she did not play.
State led by 65-42 with 7:20 left. At that point, State lost interest in the game letting Pitt close to within 7 at the 1:37 mark. State went on to win 79-68.
Markeisha Gatling scored 20 on 8-11 from the field; Brown scored 19 on 5-9 from the field; Spencer scored 14 on 5-7 from the field; and Jennifer Mathurin scored 10 on 4-7 from the field. Mathurin also lead the team in rebounding with 10 boards in 17 minutes.
With the loss of Lakeesa Daniel, Jennifer has become the sub for either Gatling or Kody Burke. While Jennifer is six-one as compared to Daniel's six-four, she is a better rebounder and has a better back to the basket game. Still, the loss of Daniel hurts in that with Daniel, Kody could stay at the four. With Jennifer, Kody has to move to the five. Ashley Williams, a five-eight walk-on has replaced Myisha Goodwin-Coleman in the rotation. This hurts more than Mathurin for Daniel as Myisha was State's best three point shooter, a senior and a better ball handler. None the less, State remains a formidable opponent as long as Gatling stays out of foul trouble and the guards play well.