Jan. 10, 2012
Khadijah Rushdan scored 14 points and April Sykes added 11 to lead No. 8 Rutgers (14-2, 3-0), who had five players in double figures.
The Panthers tied the game at 4-4 early on the team-leading 23rd 3-pointer of the season for Dowd. Rutgers responded with a 9-0 run as four different players scored to give the Scarlet Knights a 13-4 advantage with 13:07 on the clock.
Pitt tallied five of the next seven points, lastly on a 12-foot jumper from Logan to cut the deficit to six (15-9). The Panthers could get no closer as Rutgers rolled out an 8-0 spurt to take a 23-9 lead.
Kiesel made it an 11-point game twice in the final minutes of the first half, lastly on a pair from the free throw line at 2:36 mark as RU carried a 37-24 lead into the locker room.
"I probably wasn't the happiest person with us," Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said. "We measure all that by what we expect each day in practice and more often than not, it's not who we're competing against so much as what we know we're going to have to compete against."
Against the Panthers, who lost their third straight game Tuesday, Rutgers was nearly impenetrable in the low post. Pitt made its first layup with 3:43 left in the first on a Keisel drive. The Panthers previous season low in the paint was 16 points against Duke and Hampton.
What frustrated Pitt coach Agnus Berenatowas the slew of missed layups, 16 by her count. She thought the Panthers' game plan was good, but no game plan can survive that many errant shots.
"We have to make those shots," she said. "I guess we're not being game-like enough in practice. We've got to go ahead and turn up the heat. I don't know. Tonight I'll go home and be innovative and come up with something. We'll find a different way to shoot layups I guess."
Pitt had 21 turnovers and the youngest team in Division I women's basketball had its second-lowest offensive output of the season. The Panthers scored 37 points in a November loss to Hampton.
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