Sophomore Brianna Kiesel Drops Career-High 28 Points, Not Enough for Panthers In Home Loss to DePaul
Team Will Honor Abby Dowd Prior to Contest
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Panthers vs. Dukes, City Game Photos By Pete Madia
Pitt vs Siena, Nov. 13, 2012 - Fitzgerald Field House
4th Annual School Day/Season Opener
Pitt vs. WVU Photo Gallery
Women's Basketball versus UConn, Jan. 21, 2012
Appeared in 55 career games with 24 starts - 23 of those during the 2011-12 season ... drained two or more three-pointers in 11 games during career which included three games in 2012-13 ... 45 three-pointers over career ... two-year captain, who will graduate in May with a dual degree ... Dean's List every single semester at Pitt (five); two-time Big East Academic All-Star ... had career-best evening at DePaul on Jan. 14, 2012 - 23 points and seven three-pointers.
AS A REDSHIRT JUNIOR (2012-13)
Averaged 1.5 points and 1.0 rebound a game, while logging 9.6 minutes per game ... earned start in last regular season game out versus DePaul, Dowd's senior day ... 11 minutes played versus DePaul on March 2 were most since Mount St. Mary's on Dec. 20 ... played 10 minutes at Georgetown on Jan. 26, after sitting out the three previous games with a foot injury ... recorded 10 three-pointers this season (10-of-39) ... registered season-high nine points versus Brown on Nov. 24 ... all Dowd's points against Brown came from 3-point range, including the game winner with 4.9 seconds remaining ... played 22 minutes in season opener versus YSU on Nov. 9, still a season high through the first eight games ... connected on two of the Panthers' four 3-point field goals against YSU on Nov. 9 for six points ... only went to the free throw line once (1-2) this season, at Seton Hall on Jan. 5.
AS A REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE (2011-12)
Started 23 of 30 games last season ... averaged 4.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 2011-12 ... hit 35 three-pointers, a team high ... played 377 minutes (over last 13 games of the season) with just six turnovers ... drained 35 of the Panthers' 75 total three-pointers made, shooting 35-of-113 (.310) this season from behind the arc ... 113 of 146 total field goal attempts on the season came from long range (77.4 percent of total attempts) ... logged 29.8 minutes a game, second on the team; played 32 or more minutes in 15 games ... shot 6-of-43 (.140) including 3-of-30 (.100) from three-point range, over the last 12 games of the season (since exploded for 23 at DePaul on Jan. 14) ... scored a career-high 23 points at DePaul on Jan. 14, draining seven three-pointers ... the seven triples tied a Pitt program record for three-pointers in a game with four others, first player to tally that many three's in a single game since 2002 ... collected three three-pointers versus Rutgers on Jan. 10, fourth time last season had three three's in a game ... was 100 percent from free throw line versus Syracuse on Jan. 7, only third and last trip to free throw line last season ... grabbed season-/career-best eight rebounds at High Point on Dec. 2 ... scored first points of Pitt career on a three-pointer in the second half against Hampton on Nov. 12.
AS A FRESHMAN AT BUFFALO (2009-10)
Selected to Mid-American Conference All-Freshman Team following the 2009-10 season ... saw action in all 30 games on the year with 25 starts ... closed season for the Bulls fourth on the team in scoring, second in assists and finished third in the MAC in three-point field goal percentage ... averaged 6.5 points and shot 47.8 percent from the three point line during conference play ... was solid from the free throw line with a .840 free throw percentage ... tallied 66 assists and 23 steals on the year ... also averaged 2.7 rebounds per contest.
Led Tippecanoe High School to a 25-1 record and a No. 1 final ranking after her senior campaign ... selected a first team All-Ohio honoree ... also helped lead the Red Devils to the District Championship, two Sectional Championships and four conference championships ... averaged 14.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 4.1 steals per game during her senior year while shooting 56 percent from the field ... was named Conference Player of the Year, first team All-District and Southwest Ohio Player of the Year ... also a standout volleyball player that led her Tippecanoe squad to a 26-1 record and a final ranking of first in the state during her senior year ... a second team All-Ohio and first team All-Conference and All-District selection in volleyball.
Born on Aug. 25, 1990 ... daughter of Ginny Dowd and Mark Dowd ... has one sister, Chelsea, who attends Penn State ... majoring in communications ... Big East Academic All-Star.
MORE ABOUT ABBY:
Favorite Food: Chicken with ranch dressing and waffles from Waffle House and a very specific, terrifying burrito bowl from Chipotle. I say "specific and terrifying" because I am known at the Oakland Chipotle as "mild salsa girl." It's horrifying; I am horrifying.
Favorite Class/Subject: Language Arts and History. THREE CHEERS FOR THE HUMANITIES!!!!!!
Favorite Professor/Teacher: In high school, my favorite teacher was Mr. Hottle...hands down one of the funniest men I've ever met. Also I had a bit of a complex where I found myself wildly attracted to him. In college, John Gareis. God bless that man and his passion and zest for communications.
Favorite Book: WHAT BOOK, SINGULAR????? THIS HAS TO BE A TRICK QUESTION. The Catcher in the Rye.
Favorite TV Show: Summer Heights High....1. Because I cackle every time it's even mentioned 2. Because I could never admit my affinity for the Kardashians.
Favorite Movie: Wedding Crashers
Favorite actor: GeorgeClooneyTomHanksEdwardNortonLeonardoDicaprioVinceVaughn in the form of one superhuman, hence the run-on name sentence.
Favorite actress: Mila Kunis, mainly because I want to be her. If not Mila, Kate Winslet.
Favorite musician: Third Eye Blind
Favorite sports figure: Gabby Douglas. Dear God, turn me into Gabby Douglas.
Favorite sport other than yours: Volleyball
The best athlete you have competed against or with (name, where): Elena Delle Donne, Delaware
Person in history I would most like to meet: Given that it's election season, there can really be no other answer besides Stephen Colbert. Wait, given that it's everyday life, there can really be no other answer besides Stephen Colbert.
If I could travel back in time, I would: Advise my 9th grade self against the silver homecoming dress and matching silver drag queen eye shadow. In all honesty, even the most mediocre drag queen looks better than I did on that disturbing 15 year old night.
You would be surprised to know: I'm a grammar freak. Don't even bother asking me to use text lingo. And ESPECIALLY don't use the wrong form of "there/their/they're"; "to/too/two"; "your/you're". Be better than that.
I look forward to: Making it to 8:30 pm any night I have a night class without running laps around the classroom and squawking like some kind of wild animal. It's the little things in life...
Whenever my playing days are over, I will: Backpack Europe, road trip the US and just generally live my life as a vagabond.
What I like most about the University/ why I chose Pittsburgh: Inside the main hall of the Cathedral or standing on the Cathedral lawn in between the Cathedral and Heinz Chapel. Why? Because it's the closest I'll ever get to attending Hogwarts. It is what it is.
What I like most about the city of Pittsburgh: The fabulous predictability of the weather.
Happiest/most gratifying moment in sports: Making the kickball team in first grade.
Hobbies: Reading and traveling. That's really it. I tend to live my life in a fantasy world where I gallivant across the globe pretending that I'm a female version of Peter Pan so that I won't ever age.
My role model (Why?): Mark Dowd, Ginny Dowd, Susan Kuntz: because all three love me unconditionally and have tolerated me for far longer than I've deserved.
Best friend on another team: Emilee Harmon, Ohio State. CHEERS TO DAYTON LADY HOOPSTARS U17 AAU.
Notable players/people who attended your high school: Chelsea Dowd, my little tiny baby angel sister and the best high school bowler / volleyball honorable mention CBC sportsmanship award winner I know.
List anything interesting about your family? We're incredibly dysfunctional.
Why I chose the University of Pittsburgh? Great academics, great city, great sports, but mostly because it's where Batman was filmed and I can refer to it as Gotham City.
If I could choose another career besides my sport, it would be: Professional globetrotter...and I don't mean from Harlem.
If I could play another sport at Pittsburgh, it would be: Quidditch
My Sportcenter highlight goes like this: Bubbles puts me on her shoulders and we casually stand under the basket as I pretend to be Britteny Griner and block every shot that comes our way. Although, lets be honest, Brittney would probably still get more blocks that the combination of Bubs and me....
Best job ever held: Being a Pathfinder and giving tours to prospective students.
Not many people know this but I: Under no circumstance can I or will I sleep in socks.
Favorite all-time Christmas gift: Traveling with my family.
My favorite home-cooked meal: I wouldn't know, my mother has an extreme aversion to the kitchen. Perhaps "phobia" would be a better description.
When I was a kid, I pretended to be: Scary Spice.
If I could choose one word to describe myself, it would be: Annoying.
Schools who recruited you/offered scholarship: To pledge allegience to my former school and the 19th year of my life, I'm simply going to just shout out THE UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO, holllaaaaaaaaaa!
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