Senior Day for Abby Dowd, Photos by Harry Bloomberg
CAREER Two-time team captain ... only player to have started every game in both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons (60-straight starts) ... has started every single game over her collegiate career (60) ... has 14 20-point or more contests to her credit, seven of those in 2012-13 ... has played 55 games over her career with 30 or more minutes logged - including 26 of 30 contests during 2012-13 season ... has 856 career points, the most of any player on team (career scoring average of 14.3) ... majoring in Administration of Justice ... 2013 Big East Academic All-Star ... Pitt Scholar Athlete.
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.
MORE ABOUT BRIANNA: Favorite Food: Pizza and wings (from NY!) Favorite Class/Subject: Criminology Favorite Book: Where the Red Fern Grows Favorite Movie: Love & Basketball Favorite actor: Denzel Washington Favorite actress: Sanaa Lathan Favorite sports figure: Dwayne Wade Favorite sport other than yours: Soccer Person in history I would most like to meet: Martin Luther King Jr. If I could travel back in time, I would: Go back to my section championship and win the title You would be surprised to know: I love fishing, but I won't touch the fish I look forward to: Another season with my team Whenever my playing days are over, I will: Hopefully join law enforcement and work my way up to being a detective What I like most about the University/ why I chose Pittsburgh: I like the city atmosphere and it's a great place to earn a degree What I like most about the city of Pittsburgh: It's very sports-oriented Happiest/most gratifying moment in sports: In high school, when we won our semi-final game and made it to the championship for the first time in Proctor history Hobbies: Fishing and reading My role model (Why?): My parents because they have always been there for me and believed in me, even when I didn't believe in myself. I love you guys! Other players you have played against or with: Rachel Coffey, Syracuse University Notable players/people who attended your high school: Penny Smith Why I chose the University of Pittsburgh? It felt like a home away from home If I could choose another career besides my sport, it would be: FBI/detective If I could play another sport at Pittsburgh, it would be: Soccer Best job ever held: Working at a pizzeria Favorite all-time Christmas gift: My fishing rod My favorite home-cooked meal: Cube steak, rice and gravy When I was a kid, I pretended to be: A ninja If I could choose one word to describe myself, it would be: Optimistic Schools who recruited you/offered scholarship: Indiana, St. Johns, Illinois, Duquesne, Buffalo