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Women's basketball, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014
CAREER: Three-time team captain ... ranks fifth on Pitt's all-time scoring list with 1,938 points, fifth on the all-time assists list (433), eighth all-time in steals (198) and third all-time in career free throw percentage (.795) ... Started all 122 games of her career ... First ever USBWA National Player of the Week honoree at Pitt (1/7/14) ... First ever ACC player of the Week honoree at Pitt (1/6/14) ... First player in program history to have over 1,500 career points, 500 career rebounds and 400 career assists ... WBCA Region 2 All-America Nominee as a senior ... First Team All-ACC selected by the coaches and the media as a senior ... First player in program history to lead the team in scoring and assists in four straight seasons ... had 42 game in which she has scored 20 or more points ... career scoring average of 15.9 points ... graduated with a degree in administration of justice and is working on her second degree in legal studies with a certificate in communications ... 2015 ACC Postgraduate Scholarship recipient ... 2014 and 2015 All-ACC Academic Team ... 2013 Big East Academic All-Star ... Pitt Scholar Athlete.
AS A SENIOR (2014-15): Averaged 18.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists ... WBCA Region 2 All-America Nominee ... First Team All-ACC as selected by the coaches and the media's Blue Ribbon Panel ... All-ACC Defensive Team as selected by the coaches ... All-ACC Academic Team for a second straight year ... Nancy Lieberman Award Finalist (Nation's top point guard) ... Finished the regular season leading the ACC in assist/turnover ratio ... Ranked in the top-5 of five ACC categories (points, assists, assist/turnover ratio, steals and free throw percentage) ... Had 17 games of 20 or more points, which was the second most in the ACC ... ACC Player of the Week (12-29-14) ... Outscored the entire NC State 24-20 in the second half by herself in a 60-50 win ... Had a career high best 10 assists vs. Youngstown State ... In the final game of her career, she scored a career-best 32 points in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at #6/5 Tennessee ... Her 590 points were the fourth most by a senior in program history, while her 144 assists ranked fifth and her 68 steals were third most.
AS A JUNIOR (2013-14): Became the first player in program history to earn USBWA National Player of the Week honors (1/7/14) after averaging 23 points and seven assists vs. Florida State and Virginia in the opening week of conference action ... was also named ACC Player of the Week that same week ... played and started in 30 games this season ... ranked 14th in ACC scoring (16.4), 11th in assists (3.7), fifth in FT% (82.5) and second in minutes (35.8) ... lead the ACC in free -throws made and attempted (151-183) ... led the team in points, assists, FT%, steals, minutes and was second in rebounding ... scored in double-figures in 27-of-30 games this season ... paced the team in scoring 17 times, rebounding eight times, assists 19 times and steals 13 times ... had four double-doubles this year- performances included 19 points and 10 rebounds at Miami and 27 points and 10 rebounds vs. Duquesne ... has scored 20 points or more in 10 games this season, including a span of five straight games... scored 20 points behind a career-high four 3-pointers in a 56-43 ACC win over Clemson ... hit the game-winning shot with 3.1 seconds to lift Pitt over Boston College 67-65 ... scored 13 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed six rebounds vs. NC State ... had a season-high seven assists three times this season against Florida State, Virginia and NC State ... scored 25 points and grabbed four rebounds against Louisiana-Monroe in Las Vegas ... scored 20 points against Old Dominion to surpass the 1,000 point mark, also had nine rebounds in that contest ... played 40 minutes six times this season, all ACC conference matchups ... finished the season ranked 10th on Pitt's all-time scoring list with 1,348 points.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2012-13): All-Big East Third Team selection ... averaged a team-best 14.9 points per game and a team-high 3.0 assists per game; led team in minutes (36.5 per game) ... finished ninth in scoring, rankedsixthin free throw percentage (.800) and fourthin minutes among Big East leaders ... finished first in minutes (36.5) in Big East conference-only games ... only Pitt player to start every game on the season ... scored indouble figures in 24 gameswith 15 or more in 15 games...led team in scoring in a team-high 15 games - a team-high 27 times over short career of two seasons ...tallied career-high 28 points against DePaul on March 2, knocked down a career-best 12 field goals ... had 26 points versus PC on Feb. 6,while adding 13 rebounds for second career double-double... also played career high in minutes versus Providence (49)... grabbed five or more rebounds in 16 games- including a career-best 13 boards versus PC... had 10 rebounds at Georgetown to go along with 22 points for first career double-double ...had at least one (1) three pointer in 18 of 30 games; two (2) or more in nine games and three (3) in three games ... had a career-high six steals against Siena on Nov. 13 ... was perfect from the charity stripe in nine games, including 6-of-6 at Rutgers on March 4.
AS A FRESHMAN (2011-12): Unanimous selection to the Big East All-Freshman Team ... played and started all 30 games for the Panthers, the only player to earn a start in every contest ... led team in points (13.6 per game), assists (3.0) and minutes (36.3) ... also averaged 3.4 rebounds per game and finished season with 35 steals (1.2 per game) ... shot 70.2 percent from the free throw line, topping the team in both free throws made (106) and free throws attempted (151) ... first freshman to lead the team in scoring since former Pitt great Marcedes Walker (2004-05) ... tallied 408 total points, fifth most by a freshman in Pitt women's basketball history ... ranked second in scoring among Big East freshmen, finishing 15th overall ... closed season ranked second among Big East leaders in minutes played ... notched double-figure scoring in 20 games ... had 20 or more points in a single game on seven occasions, including three of the final six contests ... paced team in scoring in a team-high 12 games ... played 276 of 285 minutes in the final seven games ... logged 38 or more minutes in 13 games and 35-plus in 20 contests ... played a career-high 45 minutes versus Louisville on Feb. 14 ... scored career-high 26 points at Villanova on Jan. 3, converting 10-of-21 from the field ... had 24 points on two occasions, versus Central Michigan on Nov. 20 and USF on March 2 in the Big East Championship ... named Big East Freshman of the Week on Dec. 26, after averaging 19.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in wins over Michigan State and Indiana in the Caribbean Classic ... collected career- and season-high nine rebounds versus Saint Francis on Nov. 15 ... had at least five rebounds in seven games ... posted five or more assists in eight games, which included a career-high nine at DePaul on Jan. 14 ... led squad in assists in 16 games, most of any player ... registered two or more steals in eight games ... set a Petersen Events Center record for free throws made with 15 against Central Michigan (15-of-17) ... accounted for 26.9 percent of Pitt's total trips to the free throw line.
HIGH SCHOOL: Averaged 22.8 points her senior season at Thomas R. Proctor High School in Utica, N.Y. ... helped lead the Raiders (16-3) to the Section III final, the first Proctor girls' team to reach a Section III final ... All-Mohawk Valley First Team honoree and CNYCL Co-Player of the Year ... Observer-Dispatch All-Mohawk Valley Player of the Year ... named to the New York State Class AA second team by the New York State Sportswriters and Coaches of Girls Sports ... Shattered the all-time scoring (1,723 points), assists (479) and steals record (394) at Proctor H.S., despite missing most of her junior year with a broken wrist ... rated the No. 58 player overall in ESPN's Hoopgurlz Top 100 ... All-Star Girls Report ranked Kiesel in the No. 70 spot ... named Sporting News Honorable Mention All-American ... also broke high school's record for most steals in a single game ... scored 22 or more points in 14 games during her senior season with a season high of 40 ... averaged 25.7 points to start junior year before being injured ... named to All-CNY Second Team as a sophomore in 2009, averaging 21.6 points, 4.0 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 5.6 steals ... averaged 20.7 points as a freshman ... played AAU basketball for the Albany City Rocks ... Also excelled in soccer, garnering All-CNYCL First Team honors.
PERSONAL: Born on July 8, 1993 ... daughter of Steve Kiesel and Nikki Hymes-Kiesel ... has one sibling, Ona Kiesel ...third student-athlete from Proctor H.S. to play a sport at Pitt ... Director of Life Skills Penny Semaia, a 1999 Proctor graduate, was a four-year letterwinner for the Panthers football team while another Proctor alum Natalie Phillips played softball at Pitt for two years ... Already earned her undergraduate degree in administration of justice and is working on a second degree in communications.
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