Jan. 15, 2012
CHICAGO - Redshirt sophomore Abby Dowd had 23 points, but it was not enough as Pitt fell at No. 21/19 DePaul, 86-83, in Big East women's basketball action on Saturday evening at McGrath-Phillips Arena. The contest featured 12 lead changes and five ties.
Dowd connected on 7-of-11 from 3-point range, tying a Pitt women's basketball program mark for triples in a single game.
Sophomore Ashlee Anderson, a Chicago native, had 19 points, while Leeza Burdgess added 10 points for the Panthers (8-10, 0-5 Big East). Freshman Brianna Kiesel finished with 11 points and a career-high nine assists.
"I thought we played very well. We came out shooting and I thought our inside/outside game was there. It was a fabulous environment and we had different kids step up to the plate," said head coach Agnus Berenato after the game. "We were able to get Abby the ball tonight and she was able to shoot it. DePaul is a tough place to play and while I am not happy with the outcome, I thought we really competed this evening."
Anna Martin led all scorers with 29 points for DePaul (15-3, 3-1). Megan Rogowski added 15 points, which included five 3-pointers.
The Panthers exploded offensively to start the contest. After missing its first shot attempt, Pitt knocked down its next four to build a 10-2 lead and force DePaul to call a timeout at the 18:00 mark. Anderson had five over the run, including an old fashioned three-point play.
DePaul opened an 11-4 run to cut the deficit to a point at 14-13 following a fast break layup by Martin. Pitt got a pair of buckets off of jumpers from Anderson and Asia Logan to move back in front by five with 13:13 on the clock.
Clinging to a 24-20 edge after a basket by freshman Cora McManus, the Blue Demons ripped off six-straight to move in front, 26-24, with 8:44 to go in the first period. Neither team led by more than three points the remainder of the half as DePaul took a two-point lead (43-41) into the locker room.
Dowd continued where she left off by depositing a triple - her fourth of the game - to give Pitt a 44-43 lead just seven seconds into the second half.
Tied for the fifth time at 47-47, the Panthers put together a 12-3 scoring run to pull out to their largest lead of the game. Anderson had eight of Pitt's 12 points over the span as the squad led 59-50 with 15:42 to play. DePaul chipped at the lead quickly, scoring 14 of the next 15 points in the game for a 67-63 advantage with 11:41 remaining. The Blue Demons closed the run with two-straight treys.
Dowd quieted the rally with a triple of her own and she sandwiched another in between two more DePaul long-range marks. The last one with 10:10 to go gave the Blue Demons a four-point edge which commenced a 12-4 run that gave DePaul a 12-point lead (82-70) with 6:07 showing.
The Panthers answered, tallying 10 unanswered points with scores from three different players. Dowd had five and Kyra Dunn capped the run with an old-fashioned three-point play with 4:17 remaining to make it a two point game at 82-80.
After DePaul went ahead by four, Pitt got a free throw from Kiesel and a steal and subsequent layup from Anderson to make it a one-point contest (84-83) with 1:48 left.
The Blue Demons had several tries to in the final minute, missing and then grabbing two offensive boards. Dunn blocked Martin's shot with 37.8 seconds left and five on the shot clock. The 3-point attempt with 34 seconds left was off the mark, but again DePaul center Katherine Harry came up with the rebound. Pitt was forced to foul as Martin dropped both free throws with 19 seconds on the clock for a three-point lead.
The Panthers called their final timeout with 13.9 seconds to set up a final play. Anderson had a good look on a baseline three which rattled around the rim and out. The shot was rebounded by Dunn, whose attempt was also off the mark as Harry came up with the defensive board and DePaul escaped 86-83.
Pitt continues its road swing, traveling to No. 2/2 Notre Dame for a Tuesday, Jan. 17 contest.
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