Jan. 2, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. – Junior forward Asia Logan collected her fifth double-double of the season, pouring in 21 points and grabbing 13 rebounds to help lift the Pitt women’s basketball team to a 55-54 win over Old Dominion at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on Wednesday.
Sophomore Brianna Kiesel had 19 points, including a 9-for-9 showing from the free throw line. The Panthers, who assisted on 15 of their 19 field goals, overcame a double-digit deficit to earn their ninth victory of the season.
Sophomore Chyna Golden chipped in nine rebounds and career numbers in steals (4) and assists (4).
“To get the win means a lot for our young team,” said head coach Agnus Berenato. “I thought we really stayed focused when we got down 10. Marquel Davis came in and gave us a tremendous punch on defense and got the run rolling. On rebounding, we got second and third efforts and that was very important. And lastly, I thought our free throw shooting was tremendous. I felt it was a great win for us and I thought there wasn’t a shot bigger than Asia Logan’s banked three-pointer. We play P-I-G a lot and I asked her if she called it, she said no – but we definitely won’t give that shot back.”
With a five-point halftime lead, the Panthers (9-2) stretched their advantage to six twice over the first three and a half minutes of the second period. A lay-up by Golden resulted in a 28-22 Pitt lead with 16:43 to play.
ODU (9-3) answered with a 19-3 scoring run, which included three 3-pointers. The Lady Monarchs went to the free throw line 10 times over the eight-minute span with the last two from the stripe pushing them ahead, 41-31, with 8:41 remaining.
Down by 10 for the second time at 43-33, the Panthers got quick scores from Logan and junior Marquel Davis to cut the deficit to six and force ODU to call a timeout. After a pair of defensive stops, freshman Brittany Gordon calmly knocked down a triple and Kiesel followed a minute later with two from the free throw line to make it a one-point game at 43-42 with 4:48 left.
ODU moved ahead by three twice more over the next minute, lastly on a short jumper from Galaisha Goodhope with 3:40 on the clock for a 47-44 score.
Kiesel drew a foul with 2:59 to go, moving to the line and making two more to close Pitt to a point. ODU missed at close range on its next trip down the court thanks to heavy defense from Golden, who boxed out to grab the board.
Pitt moved down the court and worked the ball from inside out. Logan fired from behind the arc on the left side, banking in the trifecta for the go-ahead tally. It was a lead that Pitt would not relinquish.
The Panthers would hold onto that lead thanks to three-straight offensive rebounds to retain possession as the clock wound down. With 47.5 seconds left, Logan converted two attempts from the stripe. ODU turned it over on its next possession as a diving Kiesel would get fouled going after the ball. She was – again - perfect at the free throw line with 35.6 ticks to push the score to 53-47 in favor of the Panthers.
ODU would not go away quietly, dropping two baskets in a one-second span to close to a single point. With 18.5 seconds remaining, the Lady Monarchs fouled Kiesel who increased the lead back to four. ODU’s Shae Kelley scored on an offensive follow with 1.1 on the game clock and got the foul call. Instead of missing the free throw to allow for a possible put-back, her attempt was good as Pitt grabbed its third-straight win.
The Panthers tied a season-high with 13 steals, while holding a 41-36 rebounding edge.
Trailing by two early, Kiesel knocked down the bucket and the foul with 15:25 showing. The guard hit the subsequent free throw after the media timeout to push Pitt to a 9-8 advantage. The Panthers kept up the momentum, scoring 10 of the game’s next 14 points.
The run featured some of the finest offensive possessions for Pitt this season, Kiesel continued her prowess, streaking ahead of the defense on a fast-break opportunity and adding a driving lay-in. Ashlee Anderson followed, sending a gorgeous pass from the top of the key to the lower right baseline to Golden for the score. Logan converted two-straight baseline jumpers – the last off a bounce pass from Golden – as the Panthers extended the lead to 19-12 with 10:05 left in the first half.
The remainder of the stanza would be marred by missed shots as Pitt converted just one field goal over the final 10 minutes of the period. That three-pointer by Loliya Briggs with 7:33 on the clock gave Pitt its largest lead at 22-13. The Lady Monarchs struggled equally, totaling just two field goals over the last six minutes of the stanza. Pitt took a 23-18 lead at the break.
The Panthers open Big East play on Saturday, traveling to Seton Hall for a 2 p.m. contest. The season marks the final for Pitt in the Big East Conference.