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Pitt Women's Basketball Falls in Big East Opener at Seton Hall

Marquel Davis had 11 points versus Seton Hall on Saturday.

Marquel Davis had 11 points versus Seton Hall on Saturday.

Jan. 5, 2013

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Junior forward Asia Logan had 21 points, but it was not enough as the Pitt women’s basketball team dropped a 69-55 decision to Seton Hall at Walsh Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon. The contest was the Big East season opener for both teams.

Logan posted her sixth double-double of the season, adding 10 rebounds. Junior Marquel Davis registered 11 points and sophomore Brianna Kiesel had 10 for the Panthers (9-5, 0-1 Big East), who saw a three-game winning streak halted. 

Brittany Morris paced Seton Hall (6-8, 1-0) with 19 points. Ka-Deidre Simmons had 16 points, 15 of those in the first half.

The teams exchanged field goals to start the contest as a basket from junior Ashlee Anderson put the Panthers up, 8-6 at the 13:57 mark. The Pirates used a 12-0 run, sandwiching two old-fashioned three-point plays in the spurt, to move to an 18-8 lead with 10:54 left in the period.

Pitt tallied the game’s next 13 points behind the play of Davis and Kiesel. The former started the run with a pair of free throws and a lay-in and the latter closed the surge with three-straight field goals. A jumper by Kiesel from the left elbow pushed the Panthers to a 21-18 lead with 7:21 remaining in the first half.

Back-to-back 3-pointers from two different players gave SHU a 24-21 lead, but Logan quieted the Pirates with a baseline jumper to – again – make it a one-point game.

Tied for the ninth time at 31-31, SHU scored three of the final four points of the stanza to take a 35-32 lead into the locker room.

SHU’s Morris had the first five points of the second half to quickly push the home team’s lead to eight. The Panthers cut the deficit to six on two occasions on their next pair of possessions, but the Pirates used an 8-0 run to move to a 50-36 edge with 15:22 left.

The Panthers scored the next seven-consecutive points, capped by a driving lay-up from redshirt freshman Loliya Briggs at the 11:03 mark to cut the lead in half at 50-43.

After a SHU field goal, Pitt again used a 7-0 run to narrow the gap. Logan ended the run with a jumper followed by two free throws to make it 52-50 with 7:32 to play. That would be as close as the Panthers would come.

Terry Green hit a three-pointer - SHU’s fifth of the game – on its next possession as that field goal started a 13-4 run to put the deficit again at double-digits. The Panthers’ last field goal came with 5:04 left in the game.

 Pitt is idle until Saturday, Jan. 12 when it entertains Villanova at the Petersen Events Center. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. for the Big East TV Game of the Week.