Jan. 12, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The Pitt women’s basketball team could not sustain a second-half charge from Villanova, dropping a 68-52 decision at the Petersen Events Center on Saturday.
Junior forward Asia Logan scored 21 points for the third-straight game, shooting 10-of-16 from the floor. Sophomore guard Brianna Kiesel added 11 points for the Panthers (9-6, 0-2 Big East).
Senior Laura Sweeney had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats (13-2, 3-0 Big East). Classmate Rachel Roberts chipped in 14 points.
With the Panthers holding a 2-0 lead, the Wildcats caught fire by scoring the game’s next 11 points. Four different VU players tallied points over the spurt led by four points from Sweeney.
After missing nine of its first 10 shots, Pitt would connect on 10 of its next 17 attempts to close out the first period. Down by eight (13-5) at the 12:57 mark, Kiesel had two from the free throw line and Logan dropped two-straight jumpers to cut the deficit to two.
VU built its lead to six at the 4:52 mark on a three-pointer from Roberts to put the score at 25-19. Redshirt freshman Loliya Briggs started an 8-0 Panthers’ run with a conventional three-point play and Logan closed it with a three-ball from the left wing to lift Pitt to a 25-24 edge.
The lead was short-lived as VU ran off five-straight points on their next two possessions. The Panthers trailed by two (33-31) at the break.
The Wildcats roared to a nine-point cushion to start the second period after knocking down the halves first seven-points. VU led by nine for the second time with 16:17 to go before Pitt responded with an 8-3 surge to trim the lead to four (45-41). Two-consecutive triples - the first from freshman Brittany Gordon and the second from Kiesel - were as close as the Panthers would come.
VU used a 10-0 run – highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers - to put them up 55-41 with 10:33 to go. Logan added a pair of field goals which cut it to 11, but the Wildcats added two-straight back-door lay-ups to put cushion on the scoreboard en route to their fourth-straight win.
The Panthers travel to St. John’s for a 7 p.m. tip on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Pitt is looking to snap a two-game slide and capture its first Big East win since 2011
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